The Miracle Worker

1962

Biography / Drama

18
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 88%
IMDb Rating 8.1 10 13897

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Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan
Patty Duke as Helen Keller
Victor Jory as Captain Arthur Keller
Andrew Prine as James Keller
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Marz88 6 / 10

Violent, annoying, silly

So much physical violence: Patty Duke on Anne Bancroft (with seemingly no restrictions on how much she was allowed to swing her (heavy) arms around!); and Anne on Patty (but Patty mostly deserved the beatings - hahaha!).

Violence was also inflicted on the viewer's ears by the parents' over-acted yelling and screaming. Unbelievably annoying. How most people in the 1960s could think that was normal, and how people today can watch it and then give it such a high score on IMDb is difficult to understand.

...and whether Patty was fighting with Anne or not, why have sooooo many breakable items around the house for "Hellen" (Patty) to break? It felt like such a silly oversight, that it seemed as if the set decorator and/or director realized their error only after they shot the scenes. I'm sure many of us watching the movie wanted to knock Patty out cold for breaking so much - and for nearly scratching out Anne's eyes (for real) on a couple of occasions.

I did think Anne's performance was good - probably deserving that Oscar win.

Reviewed by Lee Eisenberg 10 / 10

there's so much to tell about Helen Keller

You've no doubt heard of Helen Keller. The deaf, mute, blind girl who overcame her impairments to achieve greatness. What you might not know about is her childhood struggle. Arthur Penn's adaptation of William Gibson's play tells that story. Patty Duke plays the socially isolated girl put under the tutelage of Anne Sullivan (Anne Bancroft). The breakfast scene is truly the movie's high point, showing how difficult the process was for both of them. Believe me, both Bancroft and Duke deserved their Oscars for the roles. Penn continued his directorial career with "Bonnie and Clyde", "Alice's Restaurant" and "Little Big Man".

Back in the '90s I saw a production of "The Miracle Worker" in a local theater. Obviously seeing it as a stage production is more intense, since you feel as if you're there with them, but the movie is still a masterpiece. I hope that there's one day a movie about Helen Keller's adult life, showing how she fought for social justice (among other things, she helped found the ACLU, and she came out against Woodrow Wilson's invasion of Russia).

After Patty Duke died last year, I was reading an article about her and it showed a photo of her meeting Helen Keller around the time that the movie got released. I wonder what it was like for Keller to learn that there was a movie made about her childhood, since she obviously couldn't watch or hear the movie.

Reviewed by evanston_dad 8 / 10

Duking It out with Patty Duke

This lean film adapted by William Gibson from his own stage play gets right down to business. This is not a biopic about Helen Keller or Annie Sullivan. We learn some background details about both that give their characters some context, but no more time than necessary is spent on them. Instead, this film is almost exclusively about Sullivan's time with Keller's family spent teaching Keller to communicate and her eventual breakthrough. It's an incredibly physical film -- since Keller couldn't hear, see, or speak, touch was the only sense through which she could communicate, and her family allowed her to slam, smack, and pound her way through life until she got what she wanted. Sullivan at first meets her at her own level, throwing her down into chairs, smacking her back when smacked herself, tackling her to the ground. Anne Bancroft, as Sullivan, and Patty Duke, as Keller, are sensational in these scenes and director Arthur Penn captures them with an insistent intensity. The whole film has an unsettling quality even when nothing unsettling is happening on screen, mainly due to Penn's decision to give the film the look and sound of a horror movie, with creepy, film-noir cinematography and eerie sound design.

Bancroft and Duke both won Oscars for their performances, while the film brought nominations to Penn as Best Director, Gibson for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Ruth Morley for her black and white costumes.

Grade: A

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