Genre Guesstimation – The Miracle Worker (1962)


This is my inaugural post for my new Genre Grandeur companion piece Genre Guesstimation.

The idea behind this new feature is for me to watch a bunch of new movies from the chosen GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that genre.

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of BioPics…

themiracleworker_dvd_lg“Pity for this tyrant? Is there anything she wants she doesn’t get? I’ll tell you what I pity… that the sun won’t rise and set for her all her life, and every day you’re telling her it will. What you and your pity do will destroy her, Captain Keller. ” – Annie Sullivan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Oct 2014)

Brief Synopsis – The story of how hard Annie Sullivan worked in order to help Helen Keller (a blind and deaf girl) begin to understand the world around her.

My Take on it – Most of us have heard the story of Helen Keller (not to mention the jokes) and how she finally made a connection, but it was quite interesting to see the story onscreen showing how she learned to start understanding what was going on.

This movie is based on a play by the same name and I’m still not sure if it is best to be presented on the screen or on the stage because it is so dialogue driven

The story is done somewhat weakly, but the acting by Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan and Patty Duke as Helen Keller is top-notch.  They both won Oscars for their roles despite the producers wanting to replace Duke because she was no longer a young child, but the decision to keep her on board was probably the right one due to her experience playing the part.

The best scene is the one with the eggs which lasts for almost 10 minutes with no words being spoken until the very end of it which shows the audience how hard it must have been for Sullivan to attempt to help Keller.

Bottom Line – The acting by Bancroft and Duke truly is amazing and they both deservingly won Oscars for their respective roles in this movie. The story is weakly portrayed.  Best Scene is clearly the egg scene, it really explains the difficulties faced by Sullivan. Recommended!

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Unfortunately not.  The acting is amazing here, but the story itself is weakly presented, so overall, I cannot say that this will rank among my favorite BioPic films.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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