The Miracle Worker
Docudrama | English | 106 minutes
Seven-year-old Helen Keller has been blind and deaf since infancy as a result of scarlet fever. Because she is unable to articulate her emotions Helen often has violent outbursts. Unable to cope, Helen’s parents, Arthur and Kate Keller, hire a teacher, Anne Sullivan, from the Perkins School for the Blind, to work with Helen. Anne Sullivan, a former Perkins student, arrives and moves in with the Kellers. Through a long process of care, patience, and determination, Sullivan helps Helen understand and to communicate with the outside world. Helen Keller not only thrived, but went on to write her autobiography, “The Story of My Life” in 1903. Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan became lifelong friends.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 96%
- Metacritic Score: 83
- Academy Awards: Winners, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Anne Bancroft); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Patty Duke); Nominated, Best Director (Arthur Penn); Best Adapted Screenplay (William Gibson)
- Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Motion Picture; Best Actress (Anne Bancroft); Best Supporting Actress (Patty Duke)
- National Board of Review: Winner, Best Actress (Anne Bancroft); Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
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Where the film excels, outside of its inherent story values, is in the realm of photographic technique. It is here that director Penn and cameraman Ernest Caparros have teamed to create artful, indelible strokes of visual storytelling and mood-molding.
The absolutely tremendous and unforgettable display of physically powerful acting that Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke put on in William Gibson’s stage play THE MIRACLE WORKER is repeated by them in the film by the same producer, Fred Coe, and the same director, Arthur Penn.
The film is a harrowing, painfully honest, sometimes violent journey, astonishingly acted and rendered.
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