The Miracle Worker

The Miracle Worker

Director: Arthur Penn Cast: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory

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Based on William Gibson's Broadway play and retaining its acclaimed cast, Arthur Penn's The Miracle Worker tells the true story of Helen Keller (Patty Duke), an Alabama girl struck blind and deaf as a baby after an elevated fever. Enter Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft), a partially-blind woman assigned the task of teaching Helen sign language. After first separating Helen from her over-protective parents (Victor Jory and Inga Swenson), Annie begins the arduous process of teaching the girl.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/2017
UPC: 0887090138017
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 21,580

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne Bancroft Annie Sullivan
Patty Duke Helen Keller
Victor Jory Capt. Keller
Inga Swenson Kate Keller
Andrew Prine James Keller
Kathleen Comegys Aunt Ev
Beah Richards Viney
Jack Hollander Mr. Anagnos
Michele Farr Young Annie at Age 10
Alan Howard Young Jimmie at Age 8
Judith Lowry 1st Crone
William F. Haddock 2nd Crone
Helen Ludlam 3rd Crone
John Bliss Actor

Technical Credits
Arthur Penn Director
Aram Avakian Editor
Mel Bourne Art Director
Fred Coe Producer
William Gibson Screenwriter
George Jenkins Art Director
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Laurence Rosenthal Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Miracle Worker
1. Chapter 1 [10:05]
2. Chapter 2 [9:25]
3. Chapter 3 [10:12]
4. Chapter 4 [18:11]
5. Chapter 5 [11:09]
6. Chapter 6 [3:36]
7. Chapter 7 [16:53]
8. Chapter 8 [14:01]
9. Chapter 9 [12:56]
10. Chapter 10 [:11]

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The Miracle Worker 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
This  movie is so excellent and explains so clearly.  Thumb up!  I give five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Arthur Penn's "The Miracle Worker" tells the story of the conflict between the dedicated teacher Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft--Best Actress Oacar), who works with handicapped children, and her pupil Helen Keller (Patty Duke--Supporting Actress Oscar), a blind, mute, and deaf child. As Helen sullenly explodes like a miniature time bomb, Annie patiently but enduringly attempts to break through the shell and reach the girl's mind. Two significant themes of Sixties films are clearly in evidence. First is the concept of "communication" as Annie fights to convey a single word to the vegetable-like child. Second, there is the notion of the Generation Gap--a term that would be on everybody's tongue shortly, as the young fought to free themselves from an earlier generation's form of knowledge. Though "The Miracle Worker" presents such a notion in only the most broadly symbolic of terms, it nonetheless provides the first power of image of two generations locked in a heated fight, gradually learning from one another and finally finding themselves in a state of exhausted reconciliation. Violence is the key experience of director Arthur Penn's ("Bonnie and Clyde") movie characters, and not only in genres like the detective story or the western. "The Miracle Worker" provides a particularly enlightening example. Helen--deaf, dumb and blind--is, like all Penn's characters, confronted by a world beyond her grasp. Her first meeting with the teacher Annie is the starting point for a difficult education, scattered with physical obstacles. Gradually, through an alternately harsh and tender process of touch, Helen learns to harness her instincts and to use her body to communicate with the rest of the world and to understand that 'everything has a name'. This film--Penn's most lyrical and emotional--shows how violence can be positive, allowing someone to bring life to their existence and to reach full maturity. [filmfactsman] Dedicated to the memory of Anne Bancroft Brooks (1931-2005).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in middle school, and we are learning about braille. My teacher brought this in for us, and we laughed hard, cried hard and were silent at times. I bought this movie from Menards for 10$, and I love it! Helen is played well by Patty Duke!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a wonderful movie! I've seen it over three times, yet it never ceases to amaze me through the heartwarming story and the high level of excellence in the actors and actresses. This is a truly inspirational and enjoyable film to watch with any audience. It helps you appreciate what you have and shows you some of the hardships people with disabilites have. It also documents one of the most amazing persons and miracle. If you haven't seen it, then you're missing out on a film that really touches your heart (and some truly AMAZING acting).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite films, with two of my favorite actresses giving the performances of their careers. However, considering this is the DVD release, why are there no extras besides the trailer? Running commentary from Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke would have been incredible, considering that they're both alive and haven't worked together since this would have been wonderful to hear them reminisce over the film. Or some interviews with them? Something...throw us a bone here. But I still give it 4 stars because the film is so special, well-crafted and memorable it deserves at least that much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago