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The Miracle Worker (2000)

Patty Duke , Melissa Gilbert , Paul Aaron  |  G |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patty Duke, Melissa Gilbert, Diana Muldaur, Charles Siebert
  • Directors: Paul Aaron
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LRL4XS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,251 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Helen Keller was the young girl who was blind, deaf, and mute since infancy. She was in danger of being sent to an institution, that is, until a persistent and outspoken teacher named Annie Sullivan came into her life. Together they accomplished the impossible and taught one another the values of patience, tolerance and compassion. Together they made the name Helen Keller synonymous with the education of the deaf and blind around the world. With a script written by William Gibson from his original play, The Miracle Worker stars Little House On The Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert as Helen Keller and Patty Duke in the Emmy-winning performance as Annie Sullivan that educated and inspired a nation for generations to come.

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* Closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

* Audio descriptions for the blind.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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In her 1987 autobiography "Call Me Anna," Patty Duke writes that, while portraying Helen Keller in the original Broadway production of "The Miracle Worker", she dreamed of playing the role of Helen's determined teacher Annie Sullivan. Seventeen years after she won an Academy Award as Helen opposite Anne Bancroft as Annie in Arthur Penn's brilliant 1962 film version, her dream of playing Annie finally came true. This is the rare TV production that nearly equals the power of the original; in large part due to Duke's extraordinary, intense performance. Melissa Gilbert, then the 14 year old star of the TV series "Little House On The Prarie", has a more difficult time as blind and deaf Helen Keller. Gilbert's performance is certainly admirable. It just misses, by a small margin, the ferocious quality the role of Helen requires.
Duke writes, "As you can imagine, everything about doing that play the second time around carried a terrific emotional charge for me...the years of wishing to play it, wishing to have that stature, the years of screwing up my life, and then this great gift, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, this moment of forgiveness for my transgressions. I thought I would die." Her dream role of Annie Sullivan resulted in an extremely well deserved Emmy Award; the perfect compliment to the Academy Award she received for her earlier performance as Helen. "I have to confess," Duke writes, "the Emmy I won for "The Miracle Worker" is my favorite acting honor.
In the original film, Inga Swenson and Victor Jory give overwrought performances as Helen's parents. Diana Muldair and Charles Seibert are more solid in this version. In contrast to Helen's parents, Annie does not feel any pity for Helen. "Pity? For this tyrant? The whole house turns on her whims," she says.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is the 1979 made for television remake of the 1962 theatrical movie The Miracle worker, in that movie Patty Duke played Helen Keller and Anne Bancroft played her teacher Annie Sullivan but in this remake Helen keller is played by Melissa Gilbert and Patty Duke played Annie Sullivan. I saw this remake before I saw the original and I liked it and think that both Patty Duke and Melissa Gilbert were very good and this is a very inspirational, heartwarming story. The Miracle Worker is based on the real story of Helen Keller who was left, deaf, blind and mute when she had gotten sick when she was a baby. Annie Sullivan is the teacher who trys to teach Helen how to be able to communicate in a world that she doesn't understand. The original movie is very good too and there is another remake that stars Hallie Kate Eisenberg as Helen Keller but I haven't seen that version yet.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the 1st...? For some...but not for all. November 23, 2007
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In short...I too have seen this 1979 "Made-For-Television" classic. Funny though, by 1979, I had only seen the original '61 Bancroft/Duke classic, just bits & pieces, a time or two. So the storyline, plot, theme & "modern" production of the newer Duke/Gilbert version, really struck a chord within many, in that time, I trust. Nothing can take the place of that art filmish-like masterpiece from writer William Gibson & director Arthur Penn, but Duke having such a pivotal role in BOTH films...helps make this re-make a "modern-day" classic as well. The only BIG problem? As of late 2007...a day when those are moving into movie-downloads and viewing them on portable, miniature camera/phone micro-devices...still NO DVD ever released...and still, no plan this time. And for that reason...and that reason only...I leave you with only 4 Stars my film-friend. But THAT, of course, is not "your" fault...!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well performed April 22, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I teach this play so I have seen both this version and the 1962 version many times. I must say that I think the "62 version is better in many respects. The performances of the leads in that version truly set the mark for this play and probably couldn't be equaled by anyone else. In the remake, the performances are not quite as good although they are certainly first class performers doing excellent work. What makes this verion better for classroom use, is the color photography and the settings. Those not used to black and white, as my students are not, tend to find the '62 version slightly depressing. I remember when this verion was first televised the marketing factor was Patty Duke and the role reversal for this version. She is an excellent actress and is very good as Annie. The actors playing Mrs. Keller and James are also good, but I find the actor playing Captain Keller far less forceful than Victor Jory in the "62 version. I haven't seen the most recent version so I can't say how that compares to either. I wish this would come out on DVD, my VHS copy won't live much longer!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is the 1979 made for TV movie about Helen Keller who by the way wasn't born blind and deaf but became blind and deaf after an illness when she was a baby. This movie stars Melissa Gilbert as Helen and Patty Duke as Annie who had actually played Helen in the the movie that was made in the early 1960's but to be perfectly honest, as much as I like that movie I actually prefer this remake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "EXCEPTIONAL" January 2, 2014
If anyone was going to pull off reviving "The Miracle Worker" for a made-for-TV film it was going to be Patty Duke. Although Melissa Gilbert's production company owned the rights it was Patty Duke who brought the production together. She knew everything about "The Miracle Worker" as she had played Helen Keller on Broadway for years and she ultimately won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in 1962. This time around one of her dreams was going to be fulfilled: she would play the teacher Annie Sullivan.

Patty was also instrumental in helping Melissa Gilbert prepare for her role as Helen. What resulted was one of the best made-for-TV films of the 1970's garnering Patty with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Made-For-TV Film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars seedy
I purchased the movie and had it mailed to my 3rd grade play grandson, who had finished reading some ot the story. He wanted to see the movie. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Seedy
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME MOVIE
I LOVE IT! I've seen this movie in 1979 when i was a little girl. pretty neat eh? ty for the good deal on the movie
Published 1 month ago by Tamera Causey
3.0 out of 5 stars Educational
My daughter read a beginner book about Helen Keller and was amazed at her life story. This video was one I watched growing up and it helped my daughter understand what she read.
Published 1 month ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
It is a great story about blind girl who experienced thru her life and use a sign language. I am inspired.
Published 2 months ago by Erick Clodfelter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of compassion and success
This was a wonderful showing of a true story of compassion. I loved the whole thing. Great for youth as well as adults.
Published 3 months ago by Karen J. Harland
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Movie
I found the movie to be very inspirational. Because its a true story made it even more inspiring that someone with so many challenges could overcome them where it seemed so... Read more
Published 3 months ago by connie woodland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I purchased this and the newer Disney version. Both were very good, but I have to say that This one with Patty Duke and Melissa Gilbert is just a notch above! Great for all ages.
Published 3 months ago by Sherian D. Lock
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality televison production.
I was so hopeful with this DVD when I saw Patty Duke as Anne Sullivan. I've shown the original version (Patty as Helen) to my freshman classes for years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Webwar
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
a gift to my aunt loved it will watch it over again was impressed with the quality of the film
Published 3 months ago by susan smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great true story
Excellent story and well acted. Recommend for anyone wanting a heartwarming story about overcoming adversity in life. It was very uplifting
Published 4 months ago by Dog lover
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