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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 (93 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patty Duke, Melissa Gilbert, Diana Muldaur, Charles Siebert
  • Directors: Paul Aaron
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LRL4XS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,174 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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29 of 30 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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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 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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patty Duke's also brillant playing Annie Sullivan! March 13, 2009
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I am so happy this is finally on dvd!!! Patty Duke takes on the role of Annie Sullivan in this 1979 TV movie with Melissa Gilbert playing Helen Keller. (Patty Duke also played Helen Keller in the 1962 movie) They both did such an incredible job, this one is definitely my favorite of all the Miracle Worker movies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent choice April 8, 2009
The story is very compelling and being a true story, is even more amazing. My daughters (9 and 7)read the book first so it was interesting to see the images of the story they already knew. This DVD is worth having. We also recommend Melissa Gilbert's excellent performance in "The Diary of Anne Frank".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie. You have to remember it was the 70s.
Published 29 days ago by Sheryl Larew
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it and I will continue to watch it
The DVD was on time just. I love it and I will continue to watch it. Thank you
Published 1 month ago by norma mcdougall
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good movie- production shows it was done rather on the cheap side.
Published 1 month ago by Donna Andreas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent acting and of course one of the best stories ...
While hearing dialogue was difficult, c close c captioning a allowed That s short coming to be overcome. Excellent acting and of course one of the best stories ever.
Published 1 month ago by W. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 1 month ago by gemc
5.0 out of 5 stars The original "Helen" plays Ann Sullivan!
We've watched all of the movies we can find about Helen Keller (even the critically-dissed TV special), and it was a treat to watch Patty Duke, who played Helen in the original,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hans Olaf
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep Helen Kellers life story alive and remember her challenges...if...
It has been so educational sharing the movies and story of Helen Keller with my 8 yr old grand daughter over this past summer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kate
1.0 out of 5 stars I purchased this movie but am unable to watch it ...
I purchased this movie but am unable to watch it. Can you tell me how to watch a purchased movie?
Published 2 months ago by Cristi Curd
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
well- acted portrayal of an amazing story.
Published 3 months ago by Thomas A. Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Film... TERRIBLE copy!
The film itself was exactly as I expected. I used it as a culminating activity for my class, who had just read Helen Keller's autobiography. The DVD quality was horrible. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amy Kolb
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