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The Miracle Worker (1979)

Unrated | | 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Miracle Worker See more »

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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 »

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Version of Playhouse 90: The Miracle Worker (1957) See more »

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This film version has been underrated by some.
2 May 2003 | by hyjrrhSee all my reviews

I really loved this film, and miss seeing it. It would be wonderful to see it on television and on video. While I agree that Melissa's hair may have been a bit too long, it certainly accentuated the wild look Helen must have had, especially when she struggled against Annie.

It's easy to make comparisons between originals and remakes. I've done it. But, in all fairness, a remake should be viewed with as open a mind as possible. Patty and Melissa both showed great strength and endurance in the "wrestling" scenes. It couldn't have been easy. Anyway, I have always loved the story of Helen Keller, and try not to miss an opportunity to see anything about her. Please try to bring it back, for us. Thanks.


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