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The Miracle Worker 

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A television remake of William Gibson's classic play about Annie Sullivan's efforts to draw Helen Keller from her world of darkness, blindness, deafness and silence.


Nadia Tass


Monte Merrick (teleplay by), William Gibson (based upon the play by)
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Episode cast overview:
Alison Elliott ... Anne Sullivan
Hallie Eisenberg ... Helen Keller (as Hallie Kate Eisenberg)
Lucas Black ... James Keller
Kate Greenhouse ... Kate Keller
David Strathairn ... Captain Keller
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Dr. Anagnos
Stewart Arnott ... Farm Boss
Kevin Duhaney Kevin Duhaney ... Percy
Neville Edwards Neville Edwards ... Henry
Patricia Gage ... Aunt Ev
Eugene Lipinski ... Proctor
Twila Provencher Twila Provencher ... Young Annie
Jackie Richardson ... Viney
Liam Robinson Liam Robinson ... Jimmie
Stephanie Sams Stephanie Sams ... Martha


A television remake of William Gibson's classic play about Annie Sullivan's efforts to draw Helen Keller from her world of darkness, blindness, deafness and silence.

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Behind her eyes is the power to change the world.


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Release Date:

12 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kismadár See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "The Miracle Worker" opened at the Playhouse Theater on October 19, 1959, ran for 719 performances, and won the 1960 Tony Award for Best Play. Anne Bancroft (winner of the 1960 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play) and Patty Duke recreated their stage roles in the movie. William Gibson wrote the teleplay, the stage play and the screenplay. See more »


Helen spits food at Annie who retaliates by throwing water in her face. Helen's hair and clothes stay dry, however. See more »


[Annie is writing notes when she hears a carriage pull up outside the small house where she and Helen have been staying for two weeks. The horse whinnies; a dog barks]
Anne Sullivan: Captain.
Captain Keller: Ah, Miss Sullivan, I've brought Helen a playmate.
[He has a white shepherd dog on a leash]
Captain Keller: It's a kind of graduation present.
Anne Sullivan: Please, wait outside, Captain.
[She takes the dog's leash, leads it inside, and shuts the door in his face]
Anne Sullivan: Dog.
[She spells the word into Helen's fingers, then allows Helen to pet it]
Captain Keller: Well, Miss ...
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1962 version cannot be outdone
15 October 2003 | by moviewatcher2010See all my reviews

I came across the video of this movie and had to rent it. The story of "The Miracle Worker" is timeless and is always worth a look. This version, however, absolutely PALES to the 1962 version! Hallie Kate Eisenberg seemed too calm, especially during the so-called temper tantrums which were unconvincing, not to mention that her clothes made her look more like a polished doll. She seems too cutesy with the ruffles and bows and dimples and would have fared better in a remake of a Shirley Temple classic. The only performance really worth seeing is that of Alison Elliott who did an excellent job portraying Annie Sullivan, complete with the Irish brogue done to a "T". Nevertheless, if you really want to see a more accurate version of this movie, rent the version from 1962 with INCREDIBLE performances by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, who was nothing short of OUTSTANDING in her portrayal of Helen Keller - totally believable!

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