GenreDrama Running time1h 38m CountryUnited States
Release dateOctober 14, 1979 (1979-10-14) WriterWilliam Gibson (play), William Gibson (screenplay) NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film CastPatty Duke (Anne Sullivan), Diana Muldaur (Kate Keller), Diana Muldaur (Captain Keller), Anne Seymour (Aunt Ev), Stanley Wells (James Keller), Melissa Gilbert (Helen Keller) Similar moviesThe First Grader, Sexual Chronicles of a French Family, The Voyeur, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Waiting for Superman, Tokyo Story
The Miracle Worker is a 1979 American made-for-television biographical film based on the 1959 play of the same title by William Gibson, which originated as a 1957 broadcast of the television anthology series Playhouse 90. Gibson's original source material was The Story of My Life, the 1902 autobiography of Helen Keller. The play was adapted for the screen before, in 1962.
The film is based on the life of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan's struggles to teach her. It starred Patty Duke (who played Helen Keller in the original 1962 film, for which she won the Oscar) as Annie Sullivan and Melissa Gilbert as Helen Keller. It produced a TV sequel, Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues in 1984.
Helen keller water scene from the miracle worker
Young Helen Keller (Melissa Gilbert), blind, deaf, and mute since infancy, is in danger of being sent to an institution. Her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a "half-blind Yankee schoolgirl" named Annie Sullivan (Patty Duke) to tutor their daughter. Through persistence and love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate.