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Friday, October 26, 2018

Movie Review: The Miracle Worker (1962)

Crystal at In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood and Robin at Pop Culture Reverie are hosting the 2nd Disability in Film Blogathon!
I just saw The Miracle Worker for the first time in September, and it really is a powerful movie so I am here to review it! And it just happened that one of the buttons has a picture from The Miracle Worker!

Plus, this is based on a true story.

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning.

The Miracle Worker (1962):
Seven year old Helen Keller is in a world of darkness, a childhood illness left her so that she cannot see and she cannot hear. Mr. and Mrs. Keller decide to hire someone to try to teach her -the other option would be sending her to an asylum. When the tutor arrives, she is the short tempered Annie Sullivan who just recovered from being blind herself. Ms. Sullivan's goal is to teach the mischievous Helen what an object is.
Black and White
Genre: Biography, Drama
Length: approx. 106 minutes.
Costumes: 8, nothing too special.
My favorite: This black one worn when we first see Ms. Sullivan.
Script: 9.
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Written by: William Gibson
Based on: The Miracle Worker - by William Gibson
Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan.
Patty Duke as Helen Keller.
Inga Swenson as Kate Keller
Victor Jory as Captain Arthur Keller
Andrew Prine as James Keller
Kathleen Comegys as Aunt Ev
Cinematography: 8.
Cinematography by: Ernesto Caparrós
Music: 7.
Music by: Laurence Rosenthal
Quotes: 9, "Language is more important the mind than light to the eye."
Oscars won: 2: Best Actress: Anne Bancroft, Best Supporting Actress: Patty Duke
Notes: Patty Duke was playing a seven year old, but was actually fifteen at the time! Watching her you would never know.
Storyline: 9, there is some mention of things that happened in asylums, but is told as being bad and abusive. Right now I can't recall anything else!
Good For: Anyone who is struggling in anyway, everyone. This movie is so inspiring.
Overall Score: 8.5!

For the blogathon:
This movie shows disability in film to it's extent. Being deaf and blind? How much harder can it get? It is a really well done film and I highly recommend it.

Big thank you to Crystal and Robin for hosting this! Go check out the other entries HERE.

Thanks for reading!



  1. ooh, a movie about Helen Keller? I'd love to see it!


    1. It was a really good one to see! It is about her childhood though, not her whole life. I would like to see another one about the rest of her life!

  2. I had to read the play in high school, and I saw the movie then. I don't remember it too much. I remember liking Anne Bancroft's performance and really disliking Patty Duke's. I might have to revisit it.

    1. I can see how you could like Anne Bancroft's performance better than Patty Duke's. At first I wasn't really liking Patty Duke's, but I liked her by the end. You should try it again! Thank you so much for hosting this blogathon!

  3. This post reminded me of a Bollywood movie I watched a few years back. There was quite a buzz around the film so I decided to give it a go. After reading this, I looked it up and funnily enough, it is based on Hellen Keller’s life and on “The Miracle Worker”. The production is called “Black”.

    1. I saw this comment so I looked up "Black" and sure enough! I think I've only seen one Bollywood movie, so I am always looking for more. That would be interesting to compare with this one, thanks for the info!

    2. No problem! It is an emotional film so whenever you are in the mood for one, give it a go!

  4. Indeed, this is an inspiring film! I couldn't imagine how I would behave if I was in Helen's situation.
    I really like how you organize the data and the notes. It brings peace to my mind. Cheers!

    1. That was my same thought! I take my sight and hearing a little for granted and I don't know how I would be without it.
      Thanks, Le, I'm glad you enjoy it! Thanks for reading and commenting!


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