The Miracle Worker
The Miracle Worker (1962)

Arthur Penn directed this powerful film version of William Gibson's play about the adolescent Helen Keller, a deaf-mute sealed off from society in her own world, and Annie Sullivan, the teacher who works with Helen to teach her how to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 28, 1962
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

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.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Outstanding movie based on life of Helen Keller.

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Where the picture really excels, outside of its inherent story values, is in the realm of photographic technique.

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Fernando F. Croce

An early yet central work for Arthur Penn

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Emanuel Levy

Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke give intense, powerful Oscar-winning performances in Arthur Penn's successful screen version of the Helen Keller story, based on William Gibson's play.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It's a stunningly impressive piece of work, typically (for Penn) deriving much of its power from the performances.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Two well-deserved Oscars grace this unflinching portrait of selfishness in direct resistance to selflessness.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Beautiful black-and-white cinematography, startling performances, and harrowing physicality… the cathartic final scene is nothing short of transcendent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Even with a slight tendency towards melodrama, this is a wonderful film that impresses with a gorgeous cinematography, beautiful direction (the mise-en-scène is… More
Kevin M. Williams
How many films have fight scenes? You'd lose count trying to figure it out. But how many feature an all out back and forth between teacher and her… More
Lucas Martins
Terrific scrrenplay, just like Penn's direction, The Miracle Worker (1962) presents outstanding actings by the main actress and that enrich more the film.… More
Adriel Lim
Few get to men and women's hearts than this movie. When it does, it goes deep and buries itself so that when years later after seeing it, it's still… More
Daniel Perry
Intense from the get-go, in both style and acting; still cinematographically modern in a lot of ways and dominated by a fiery performance by Anne Bancroft. It… More
Jeremy Smith
Brilliantly acted and confronting