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"The Miracle Worker" - movie summary.


1962.

Directed by Arthur Penn.

CAST:

Anne Bancroft .... Annie Sullivan.
Patty Duke .... Helen Keller.
Victor Jory .... Captain Keller.
Inga Swenson .... Kate Keller.
Andrew Prine .... James Keller.
Kathleen Comegys .... Aunt Ev.

Black and White.

The Miracle Worker videotape box

Young Helen Keller, blind, deaf, and mute since infancy because of a severe case of scarlet fever, is in danger of being sent to an institution. Her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. Unable to communicate her desires, the isolated Helen flew into uncontrollable rages that terrified her helpless family. 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.

Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft had been playing their respective roles as Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, on Broadway for over a year before director Arthur Penn built a mesmerizingly beautiful film around their layers-deep performances. Both Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft won Oscars for this film.

Patty Duke as Helen KellerAnne Bancroft as Anne Sullivan

OTHER TV SERIES:
LONGSTREET
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.
SABLE
EARLY EDITION
SECOND SIGHT
OTHER MOVIES:
THE MIRACLE WORKER (1962)
WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967)
BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE (1972)
ICE CASTLES (1978)
THE MIRACLE WORKER (1979 TV Movie)
IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I HEAR (1982)
HELEN KELLER: THE MIRACLE CONTINUES (1984 TV Movie)
BLIND DATE (1985)
SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL (1989)
JENNIFER 8 (1992)
(Stephen King's) THE LANGOLIERS (1995)
MONDAY AFTER THE MIRACLE (1998 TV Movie)
AT FIRST SIGHT (1999)

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