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The Miracle Worker (1979)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 14 October 1979
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Devoted teacher Anne Sullivan leads deaf and blind Helen Keller into the light of learnedness.

Director:

Paul Aaron

Writers:

William Gibson (play), William Gibson (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patty Duke ... Anne Sullivan
Diana Muldaur ... Kate Keller
Charles Siebert ... Captain Keller
Anne Seymour ... Aunt Ev
Stan Wells Stan Wells ... James Keller (as Stanley Wells)
Melissa Gilbert ... Helen Keller
Hilda Haynes Hilda Haynes ... Viney
Titos Vandis ... Anagnos
Byron Green Byron Green ... Percy
Noniece Williams Noniece Williams ... Martha
Jonathan Gilbert ... Jimmy
James Lee Canady James Lee Canady ... Servant
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Storyline

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 Christina Dunigan <minstrel@wf.net>

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Biography | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Miracle Worker See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Half-Pint Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Patty Duke, who won an Oscar as young Helen Keller in the 1962 version, played Anne Sullivan in the 1979 TV version and won an Emmy for it. See more »


Soundtracks

Hush, Little Baby
(uncredited)
Traditional lullaby
Performed by Patty Duke
[Sung by Anne Sullivan]
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A miraculously engaging TV movie.
24 October 2015 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

I first saw this movie during grade school when we were learning the history of Helen Keller. It was actually a very engaging movie of how Helen tries to cope with her blindness and how her teacher, Anne Sullivan, guides her along the way to live life as a blind person, and to also deal with her unruly attitude.

The part where Anne and Helen grapples around the dinner table sent the classroom to laughter. To see Anne have such patience in dealing with Helen's misbehavior and her condition is uplifting.

It's not a movie with some of the best acting, as some of the character interaction were just a little awkward. But overall, it's a pretty good TV movie about the courageousness of Helen Keller and the patience and understanding of Anne Sullivan.

Grade B


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