Young Helen Keller, blind, deaf, and mute since infancy, is in danger of being sent to an institution. Her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a "half-blind Yankee schoolgirl" named Annie Sullivan to tutor their daughter. Through persistence and love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate.Written by
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Anne Bancroft was thirty years old when she played Anne Sullivan. The real Anne Sullivan was actually twenty years old when she first came into Helen's life. See more »
During the infamous breakfast scene, while struggling to get Helen back to the table to eat with a spoon, a (presumably) glass candle cover is knocked down from a table against the wall. The sound of plastic hitting the floor is distinctly heard and the cover does not break. It appears again later in the welcome home dinner for Helen. Plastic was not used during the time the film takes place. See more »
[Captain Arthur and Kate Keller embrace tenderly and thankfully at the seemingly good news]
I can tell you now I thought she wouldn't.
Captain Arthur Keller:
I thought too I'd miss my wife's first. It's a battle scar
Doctor, will my girl be alright?
By morning she'll be knockin' down Cap'n Keller's fences again.
Oh, is there nothing we should do?
Captain Arthur Keller:
Put up stronger fences, huh?
Just let her get well. She knows how better than we do. These things come and go in infants, never know why. Probably ...
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An inspiring movie. I watch it now at the age of 48 and I remember why I idolized Anne Bancroft and tried to emulate her acting style when I was a theatre student. I still cry during the final scene at the water pump when she cries out - mother, father - she knows!!!! Thank God that Penn and Gibson made sure that she got this movie part. I still wish she would have gotten the the part of Gittel Mosca for the movie version of their broadway play "Two For The Seesaw" because I will never be able to see her performance. Patty Duke was magnificent. She was very convincing and there is never a moment when you don't think she is deaf, dumb and blind. There is no doubt that this pair deserved the Academy Award for their performances. Helen's story needed to be told and this film was a beautiful and poignant tribute to her life
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