The Miracle Worker

An emotional earthquake!
The Miracle Worker
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DVD Features:

  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: March 6, 2001
  • Originally Released: 1962
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - English, French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
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Art Direction by
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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1962 - Best Actress: Anne Bancroft
Academy Awards 1962 - Best Supporting Actress: Patty Duke

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 23


User Ratings: 8,823
Rating: 4/5 -- Outstanding movie based on life of Helen Keller. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Dec 28, 2010
Where the picture really excels, outside of its inherent story values, is in the realm of photographic technique. Full Review
Oct 18, 2008
Rating: B+ -- The Miracle Worker structurally has much in common with a Western. The plot turns on a stranger who comes to town, confronts a problem the townspeople cannot solve, and leaves when that problem has been addressed. Full Review
Family Home Theater
Jan 15, 2018
Anne Bancroft is superb as Annie Sullivan, the teacher who finally reached into Helen Keller's darkness, and Patty Duke is chillingly real as the young Helen. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: A- -- Beautiful black-and-white cinematography, startling performances, and harrowing physicality… the cathartic final scene is nothing short of transcendent. Full Review
Decent Films Guide
Oct 17, 2005
The best-actress Oscar should go to Anne Bancroft for her remarkable portrayal of the half-blind Irish girl who opened the doors of human communion...Patty Duke, as Helen, is almost equally convincing. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 11, 2019
The centerpiece is a one-room, nine-minute war of attrition, as a tutor (Anne Bancroft) imposes table manners on her feral charge (Patty Duke). It's a heaving, shin-cracking donnybrook, done with complete commitment. Full Review
Village Voice
Nov 12, 2008

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Starring in what is "quite possibly the most moving double performance ever recorded on film" (Time), Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke are remarkable in their Oscar-winning portrayals of Annie and Helen. "Ennobling and uplifting" (Variety), this inspirational story of courage and hope is "one of the finest works of art in the history of motion pictures" (Boxoffice).

Locked in a frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness since infancy, 7-year-old Helen Keller has never seen the sky, heard her mother's voice or expressed her innermost feelings. Then Annie Sullivan, a 20-year-old teacher from Boston arrives. Having just recently regained her own sight, the no-nonsense Annie reaches out to Helen through the power of touch - the only tool they have in common - and leads her bold pupil on a miraculous journey from fear and isolation to happiness and light.

Product Description:

The true story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, THE MIRACLE WORKER is a gripping and inspiring story of the battle to overcome impossible obstacles and the struggle to communicate. As a young girl, Helen Keller (a brilliant Patty Duke) is stricken with scarlet fever. The illness leaves her blind, mute, and deaf. Sealed off from the world, Helen cannot communicate with anyone, nor anyone with her. Often frustrated and desperate, Helen flies into uncontrollable rages and tantrums that terrify her hopeless family. The gifted teacher Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft) comes to help the little girl understand the world from which she is isolated, freeing Helen Keller from her internal prison forever. Under Arthur Penn's controlled direction, Bancroft and Duke deliver unforgettable, flawless performances. The screenplay for THE MIRACLE WORKER was written by William Gibson, who also wrote the book.

Plot Synopsis:

Helen Keller is isolated from the world. Struck down at a young age by scarlet fever, Helen cannot see, she cannot speak, she cannot hear. Her total inability to communicate sends her into wild, uncontrolled tantrums. Some people claim she is mentally ill and cannot be helped. Her own family doesn't know what to do to help their little girl. They suffer over Helen's unimaginable condition, but are slowly accepting it as permanent. But one day gifted teacher Annie Sullivan arrives to help Helen escape her prison.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: July 28, 1962
  • Director Arthur Penn first filmed a television play of THE MIRACLE WORKER (starring Teresa Wright and Patty McCormack), which aired in 1957.
  • The Broadway version of THE MIRACLE WORKER opened on October 19, 1959 at the Playhouse Theatre.
  • Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, who reprised their roles for the 1962 film, both won Academy Awards for their acclaimed performances.
  • At only sixteen years old, Duke became the youngest recipient of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar up to that point.
  • The exteriors of the film were actually shot in New Jersey, not Alabama, where the film is supposedly set.

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  • UPC: 027616858986
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