The Miracle Worker

The Miracle Worker

DVD - 2001
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The story of Helen Keller and her guardian, Annie Sullivan, who broke through Helen's barriers of blindness and deafness to communicate with her.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2001
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Widescreen
Credits: Photography, Ernest Caparros ; art director, George Jenkins ; music, Laurence Rosenthal.
Performers: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Andrew Prine, Inga Swenson, Kathleen Comegys.
Audience: Not rated
Language Note: With English, French and Spanish tracks with optional French and Spanish subtitles ; closed-captioned
ISBN: 0792849213
UPC: 887090138017
027616858986
Call Number: DVD M

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Me_Tarzan
Aug 01, 2018

IMO - This horrid 1962 picture completely disgraced the respected name of Helen Keller.

I've just recently finished reading Keller's biography and I don't believe (for even a minute) that, as a child, she was such an uncontrollable monster as Patty Duke's dreadful, over-the-top performance led one to imagine her to be.

I mean - Duke's Keller (at age 7) was so unrestrained that not only did I believe she was mentally retarded - But she should've been locked up in a cage, as well.

And, on top of that - When considering the Keller family's high social standing - I completely doubt that they would've allowed Helen to carry on in such a monstrous fashion for her first 7 years.

Anyway - Patty Duke (who was 16 at the time) definitely did not deserve the Oscar that she won for this disgraceful and demented portrayal of Helen Keller. No way.

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mr_chocolate
Aug 01, 2018

I have not read any biographical or autobiographical information on the real Hellen Keller (The Story of My Life: 1903; The World I Lived In: 1908 ; Light in My Darkness: 1927), but was as impressed with this film when recently re-watching, as I was when I had first seen it years ago.

How close to the real events, I don't know, but it was easy to believe that well-off parents had pampered their deaf and blind child with love to the point of hindrance. The film depicts the attempts of Keller's (1880 - 1963) teacher, Anne Sullivan (Trachoma, had left her blind at the age of 5), to teach the child some manners of the social standing that was expected and demanded by the father. This was the last ditch effort, before giving her up to an institution, to of which the mother had resisted.

Fine example into the depths of struggle and despair of a family and teacher working with an untrained and undisciplined child.

This was a very moving and emotional film for me, done with sincerity, depth and superb acting.

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lavasushi
Jun 12, 2018

Bravo. Outstanding. Patty Duke is amazing as is Ann Bancroft. She was a15 years old when she did this film and it was her 16th performance (film and TV. I checked IMBD). I’ve seen this 2-3 times before and I think it gets better. Love the black and white and minimal characters. So many scenes are ingrained in my brain: When Helen walks around the table eating off everyone’s plate, when Annie and Helen have the meal in the dining room and everyone has to leave, when James Keller (Andrew Prine) slams the door in the dining room, when Helen (Patty Duke) learns that words mean something. Incredible.

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SF_READER
Mar 16, 2018

Outstanding movie and performances by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke .

Both won Oscars for their performance. Best Actress for Bancroft and Best Supporting Actress for Duke.

Franln Jun 21, 2016

There are 3 versions of this movie. One from 1962, 1979 and this one from 2000. This version was actually quite good, the 1979 one was not as good. Have yet to receive the original academy award winner through Inter Library Loan.

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garycornell
Aug 22, 2014

Director Arthur Penn is best known for directing Bonnie and Clyde and Little Big Man. After seeing "The Miracle Worker" I side on this being his finest movie. The first two movies have large casts and plenty of violence. "The Miracle Worker" is a character study of the real Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan played by Anne Bancroft. Patty Duke has to portray the challenges of being blind. She will at times become frustrated and need motivation to continue. Anne Bancroft shows Annie Sullivan as a patient teacher with remarkable abilities to communicate what she sees to a blind person. The movie has a great script from the book by the same name and the overall cast are great. There are few movies so universally loved as "The Miracle Worker". Because of it original box office success, there have been re-makes, which you should watch out for. The original is the best of them all!

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thekristenkat
Dec 02, 2012

Very inspirational. Shows you can overcome anything. Inspiring women. Made me cry happy tears!

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Monolith
Nov 24, 2012

An affecting, cathartic upheaval of emotion, (and glassware), exquisitely directed by Arthur Penn. Tremendous performances from Oscar winners Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke (who was sixteen! I thought she looked younger...) Even Inga Swenson as the loving Mrs. Keller was wonderful. (And I agree with your comment, TheRogue. This edition was in its original black and white, which absolutely added to the depth and texture of it. I'm not a fan of colorized movies -- too fake. Sorry yours was.) An outstanding, inspirational tearjerker. FIVE STARS.

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TheRogue
Nov 15, 2012

Without a doubt, one of the most brilliant films of all time. Patty Duke was simply impeccable as the young Helen Keller. What many don't realize on seeing it is that one of the most dramatic scenes, the battle of wills in the locked dining room, was completely shot in one sequence. Over 5 minutes long. Utterly mind boggling. I'm only sorry they have colorized it as the b&w lent great gravity to the film. I would rate this as SIX stars.

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Wej
Sep 28, 2012

Excellent movie in every way

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Austin J Feldkamp Oct 28, 2013

Annie Sullivan: "Why, Mrs. Keller, there's nothing impaired in that head of hers!"

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Monolith
Nov 24, 2012

James Keller: "You really ought to put her away, Father." Kate Keller: "What?!?" James Keller: "Some asylum! It's the kindest thing." Aunt Ev: "Why, she's your sister, James!" James Keller: "Half-sister, half... mentally defective. She can't even keep herself clean. It's not pleasant to see her ABOUT all the time." Kate Keller: "Do you DARE... complain of what you CAN SEE?!?"

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Monolith
Nov 24, 2012

Kate Keller: "...Like the lost lamb in the parable, I love her all the more." Annie Sullivan: "Mrs. Keller, I don't think Helen's greatest handicap is deafness or blindness. I think it's your love and pity. All these years you've felt so sorry for her you've kept her like a pet. Well, even a dog you housebreak."

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Monolith
Nov 24, 2012

Annie Sullivan: "...The rooms a wreck, but she folded her napkin."

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