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"Her handicap is your love and pity"
- Jeff Boston
Anne Sullivan was an amazing woman, and this film is a tremendous tribute to her and to Helen Keller, one of the most inspirational individuals ever. I was so impressed by this film, and the reviews, as a whole - the best I have seen on the TCM website for any film. This would prove to be the pinnacle of the careers of the key players Bancroft ("The Graduate" - gross), Penn ("Bonnie and Clyde" - amoral), and Patty Duke, as it would be regardless of whom was involved. It is that good, and it will likely hold up for the ages. Although Keller was blessed with decent parents, Anne Sullivan showed us all what real love is, and as she said, original sin is indeed giving up.
The Miracle Worker
- Michael Whitty
Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke won Academy Awards playing Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller. Sullivan must create improvement to the situation of Helen Keller who can't see or can't hear or can't talk. This black-and-white film by Arthur Penn has the emotional strength in their one-on-one situations where when everything seems lost the improvement finally comes. Penn is known for getting the best of his actors which helps to create the flow of the story. The Helen Keller situation was very well-known and this was acted to the hilt with experienced pros who came from the stage. Patty Duke was only 16 when she won the Oscar and followed this up with a TV series.
- Jeffrey Pollock
This movie has been a favorite of mine for some 30 years. I used to watch it with my wife, such a beautiful person she was. This movie teaches us so many wonderful truths about compassion, persistence, faith, hope and love. If only we in our complicated age could find these five interrelated qualities again, this world would truly become more as God has planned. If only we would seek to know God's beauty and ultimate peace in and through the Word of Truth. I believe the life of Helen Keller as created by God and depicted in this movie is a splendid analogy if how God teaches each of us by faith and trust in His Son Jesus how to trust our God and creator for pure sight, holy understanding and life that is real.
- New York Girl
The Miracle Worker is amazing. It is very inspiring and also shows us a very important part of our history.
- Christopher S. Mitchell
There are a handful of movies that a person can watch, over and over, again, from start to finish; The Miracle Worker is just such a movie! Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke were richly deserving of their Oscars, but consider what a triumph and an accomplishment it was for the 14-year-old Duke, who plays the part of Helen Keller, who was handicapped in sight, sound, spirit, speech, and mind, and pulls it off without a hitch! Anna Paquin, Shirley Temple, and Tatum O'Neal simply can't fill Patty Duke's shoes! Director Arthur Penn expertly crafts William Gibson's play to the big screen, and had also won a Tony for directing the stage version. Laurence Rosenthal's haunting and moving score milks the emotions, without overdoing it. There's much to learn from this rich piece of cinema, and great gain, on many levels! 5 out of 5 stars!
The Miracle Worker (1962) on DVD. So much better than what I expected. Thought it would be sort of sullen, it is not, it's very powerful, energetic and uplifting. One of the best films made not just for inspiration but also simply a great film in its characters and cinematic presentation. I wish it was available to buy but no major store online has it for sale. Thank God for the public library otherwise I would not have seen it at all. Five out of five stars.
The Miracle Worker
- Dashiell B.
The enthralling, true story of Annie Sullivan's attempts to teach Helen Keller to communicate. Bancroft & Duke recreated their roles from the stage, both won Oscar's for their arresting performances. The story from Gibson is touching & moving, where selflessness fights against selfishness. A fine, uplifting drama. I give it a 4.5/5.
The Miracle Worker (1962)
- Mr. Blandings
Powerful, moving, inspiring drama.
Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller come to life in this inspiring film that has it all....great acting, terrific direction, realistic scenery, and a haunting musical score. Don't miss it.
- Pat Kamenicky
The Miracle Worker starring Anne Bancroft, did not get the accolades it truly deserved. It did win an oscar for ms. Bancroft ( one she greatly deserved ), but putting her in the movie the "graduate" was beneath her level in my estimation. She was one of the most gifted and talented actress ever to grace hollwood. The " graduate " received the recognition that should have gone to the " Miracle Worker ". No other actress could ever hope to measure up to ms. Bancroft's expertise. We should remember her for outstanding movies like " the Miracle Worker " instead of lesser movies such as the ' Graduate ". I believe that Ms. Bancroft would have been pleased if this had been the case.
Based on the acting alone of the two main characters, this ranks as one of my favorite movies. Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke were unbelievably believable in their respective roles. They were literally exhausted, not acting, following their fight scenes - and so was I. I am moved to tears each time Patty Duke, as Helen Keller, comes to the realization that all things have a name. Brilliant performance!
The Miracle Worker
- Shelli A. Halper
no one should go without seeing this movie.Everything about this movie is glorious.The acting is brilliant and the story line will touch your heart no matter how many times you see it.A one of a kind gem.
The Miracle Worker (1962)
- Jay Higgins
What a remarkable film. The performances are well deserved of their Oscars. Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke are absolutely amazing. Touching, moving, unforgettable. The direction is awesome, the writing sublime, a true classic that will always be a great film. Definitely a must see film.
A dream come true
- lisa alves
I first saw this movie, this past summer.i insently fell in love with it.anne bancroft is amazing.patty duke is phenominal and adorable.the whole story is great.i write this review because i have just made the cast of THE MIRACLE WORK at my school as helen keller.i am sooo thrilled to be playing this real character.this story has touched my heart so deeply
GREAT STORY TELLING AND ACTING
- Robin G
I always watch this film when it comes on TCM. I am choosing this film for our grandparent's group for Women's History Month.The film speaks volumes on how parents react to having a child with a disability and how their choices were just to place them in an asylum.We have hundreds of choices now, but parents are sometimes in denial and fearful of the support and resources available due to the stigma associated with disabilities.As we are told in schools today, Special Education is a Service, not a Place.
A Great Movie.
It wonderful. Iv'e watched this about three times and loved it. If you haven't seen it yet, you need to.