Locked in a frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness since infancy, 7-year-old Helen Keller has never seen the sky, heard her mother's voice or expressed her innermost feelings. Then Annie Sullivan, a 20-year-old teacher from Boston arrives. Having just recently regained her own sight, the no-nonsense Annie reaches out to Helen through the power of touch - the only tool they have in common - and leads her bold pupil on a miraculous journey from fear and isolation to happiness and light.
A Terrible Isolation
- The Miracle Worker review by MW
Patty Duke gives an extraordinary performance as the feral blind and deaf Helen Keller crashing around the house and garden with arms outstretched desperate to communicate with the outside world. Anne Bancroft is equally brilliant as her inspired and devoted tutor who endures countless violent tantrums in her dogged determination to connect with her isolated and frustrated pupil. It's a life-affirming story which largely eschews sentimentality.