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The Miracle Worker (1979)

The Miracle Worker





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In a casting twist, this remake of Arthur Penn's The Miracle Worker casts Patty Duke, who won an Oscar for her work as Helen Keller in the original, as Annie Sullivan, the woman who taught the deaf and blind Keller sign language. (In Penn's original, Sullivan was portrayed by Anne Bancroft.) The story, however remains the same; through perseverance and a bit of luck, Sullivan teaches Keller first to dress herself, then the sign-language alphabet, then finally the means of communication.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By:
Written By: William Gibson
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On DVD: Mar 10, 2009
Half-Pint Productions

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Melissa Gilbert
as Helen Keller
Patty Duke
as Annie Sullivan
Diana Muldaur
as Katherine Adams Kell...
Charles Siebert
as Captain Arthur H.
Anne Seymour
as Aunt Evelyn
Stanley Wells
as James Keller
Titos Vandis
as Anagnos
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patty is fine but the original is still the one to watch.

jay nixon

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Just as good as the original version from 1962. The casting coup is that Patty Duke played Helen Keller in the original and won an Oscar by the way, is Annie Sullivan in this version. Melissa Gilbert takes on the role of Helen. Strong acting throughout and worthy to stand by the original version. The story of how teacher Annie Sullivan taught deaf and blind Helen is truly inspirational.

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monty hawes

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A truly heartwarming story for the whole family to watch. Mixed with hope, despair, and makes you realize what the true definition of family means. Also filled with a little fact here and there too.

Jennifer Savage

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