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The Miracle Worker

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Arthur Penn's moving biopic of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, The Miracle Worker, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from MGM/UA that will satisfy the film's fans, but considering the wealth ...
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Overview

Arthur Penn's moving biopic of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, The Miracle Worker, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from MGM/UA that will satisfy the film's fans, but considering the wealth of information about Keller, some historical extras would have improved this package.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; Spanish: mono; French and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

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The Miracle Worker features two of the greatest screen performances of the 1960s, Patty Duke as Helen Keller and Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan. Director Arthur Penn skillfully recreates his stage success with the same material, adroitly pacing the film in ways that build a satisfying emotional intensity. The real-life story of the Alabama-born Keller is one of the most powerful personal triumphs of the 20th century, and the film is an inspiring recreation of those events. One of the all-time best films from United Artists, The Miracle Worker retains its power with current audiences, as do the various film remakes and stage revivals, but this original version holds up the best. Richard Gilliam
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Miracle Worker features two of the greatest screen performances of the 1960s, Patty Duke as Helen Keller and Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan. Director Arthur Penn skillfully recreates his stage success with the same material, adroitly pacing the film in ways that build a satisfying emotional intensity. The real-life story of the Alabama-born Keller is one of the most powerful personal triumphs of the 20th century, and the film is an inspiring recreation of those events. One of the all-time best films from United Artists, The Miracle Worker retains its power with current audiences, as do the various film remakes and stage revivals, but this original version holds up the best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2001
  • UPC: 027616858986
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,365

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne Bancroft Annie Sullivan
Patty Duke Helen Keller
Victor Jory Capt. Keller
Inga Swenson Kate Keller
Andrew Prine James Keller
Kathleen Comegys Aunt Ev
Beah Richards Viney
Jack Hollander Mr. Anagnos
Michele Farr Young Annie at Age 10
Alan Howard Young Jimmie at Age 8
Judith Lowry 1st Crone
William F. Haddock 2nd Crone
Helen Ludlam 3rd Crone
John Bliss
Technical Credits
Arthur Penn Director
Aram Avakian Editor
Mel Bourne Art Director
Fred Coe Producer
William Gibson Screenwriter
George Jenkins Art Director
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Laurence Rosenthal Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits/Lost Child [6:01]
2. Nightmarish Train [4:06]
3. Teacher Meets Student [3:41]
4. "How Bright She Is!" [:27]
5. "l-a-d-d-e-r." [5:17]
6. Feeling Emotions [3:29]
7. "Badly Spoiled Child." [2:19]
8. A Foleded Napkin! [4:18]
9. Tolerance In 2 Weeks [:07]
10. "The Other Jimmy." [5:54]
11. Reaching Out [1:48]
12. "It Has A Name!" [7:44]
13. "She's Not My Child!" [2:42]
14. "She's Testing You!" [5:29]
15. "w-a-t-e-r!" [:17]
16. "i-l-o-v-e-h-e-l-e-n!" [1:01]
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Menu

Side #1
   Play
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Touching

    I am in middle school, and we are learning about braille. My teacher brought this in for us, and we laughed hard, cried hard and were silent at times. I bought this movie from Menards for 10$, and I love it! Helen is played well by Patty Duke!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Now all I have to teach you is one word - everything."

    Arthur Penn's "The Miracle Worker" tells the story of the conflict between the dedicated teacher Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft--Best Actress Oacar), who works with handicapped children, and her pupil Helen Keller (Patty Duke--Supporting Actress Oscar), a blind, mute, and deaf child. As Helen sullenly explodes like a miniature time bomb, Annie patiently but enduringly attempts to break through the shell and reach the girl's mind. Two significant themes of Sixties films are clearly in evidence. First is the concept of "communication" as Annie fights to convey a single word to the vegetable-like child. Second, there is the notion of the Generation Gap--a term that would be on everybody's tongue shortly, as the young fought to free themselves from an earlier generation's form of knowledge. Though "The Miracle Worker" presents such a notion in only the most broadly symbolic of terms, it nonetheless provides the first power of image of two generations locked in a heated fight, gradually learning from one another and finally finding themselves in a state of exhausted reconciliation. Violence is the key experience of director Arthur Penn's ("Bonnie and Clyde") movie characters, and not only in genres like the detective story or the western. "The Miracle Worker" provides a particularly enlightening example. Helen--deaf, dumb and blind--is, like all Penn's characters, confronted by a world beyond her grasp. Her first meeting with the teacher Annie is the starting point for a difficult education, scattered with physical obstacles. Gradually, through an alternately harsh and tender process of touch, Helen learns to harness her instincts and to use her body to communicate with the rest of the world and to understand that 'everything has a name'. This film--Penn's most lyrical and emotional--shows how violence can be positive, allowing someone to bring life to their existence and to reach full maturity. [filmfactsman] Dedicated to the memory of Anne Bancroft Brooks (1931-2005).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A TRIUMPHANT STORY!!

    This is such a wonderful movie! I've seen it over three times, yet it never ceases to amaze me through the heartwarming story and the high level of excellence in the actors and actresses. This is a truly inspirational and enjoyable film to watch with any audience. It helps you appreciate what you have and shows you some of the hardships people with disabilites have. It also documents one of the most amazing persons and miracle. If you haven't seen it, then you're missing out on a film that really touches your heart (and some truly AMAZING acting).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No Extras?

    This is one of my all time favorite films, with two of my favorite actresses giving the performances of their careers. However, considering this is the DVD release, why are there no extras besides the trailer? Running commentary from Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke would have been incredible, considering that they're both alive and haven't worked together since this film...it would have been wonderful to hear them reminisce over the film. Or some interviews with them? Something...throw us a bone here. But I still give it 4 stars because the film is so special, well-crafted and memorable it deserves at least that much.

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    Posted October 10, 2008

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