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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 ... 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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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 »

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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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16 October 2006 | by capricorn9See all my reviews

Just finally got a copy of this on VHS off eBay. Been trying for years. Missed it the first time around and have never seen it listed in the TV guide since. Great to see Miss Duke-Astin return to this role. What a great idea in casting! Understand Melissa Gilbert put the project together so showcase her talents and she does that quite well. Although I do find a little more humor in Miss Duke-Astin's performance (more from facial expressions)I find it very believable and proves what an actress she can be when she wants to be. The supporting cast is well chosen and performs well and this is the perfect companion piece to the original.


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