The Miracle Worker

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MGM Released 1962

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Director:
Arthur Penn
Released:
1962
Rating:
TV-PG
The Miracle Worker is a 1962 film centered around the struggles of teaching a handicap Hellen Keller how to communicate with the world. The film was written by William Gibson and directed by Arthur Penn. A blind, deaf, and mute Hellen Keller (Patty Duke) faces the possibility of being thrown into an institution should she fail to learn how to communicate. Her parents, fearful of these drastic consequences, enlist a strict and effective teacher named Anne Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) from the Perkins Institute for the Blind to help their daughter. But Hellen is unlike anything Anne has seen before, she is unruly and erratic. Through patience, love, repetition, and unflinching determination, Anne tames Hellen and teaches her how to communicate to the best of her ability. An emotionally-stirring depiction of the real trials and tribulations faced by Anne and Hellen. Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft both won Academy Awards for their tour-de-four performances in this film. Be sure to watch!

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  • 90

    Time Out

    It's a stunningly impressive piece of work, typically (for Penn) deriving much of its power from the performances.

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Anne Bancroft won the Oscar playing Helen Keller's teacher, Annie Sullivan, in this intelligent adaptation of William Gibson's Broadway hit, and it's a fierce, moving job, highligh...

  • 80

    Village Voice Nick Pinkerton

    A film that storms where most biopics respectfully tiptoe.

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