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The Miracle Worker was on so often back in the 60's and 70's, along with To Kill a Mockingbird.
It was a staple of Saturday or Sunday afternoon movies on TV.
Anne Bancroft facing off against the willful Patty Duke. It's a great film.
Has anyone under the age of 45 seen it? It's worth seeing if you haven't.
Directed by Arthur Penn, who later did Bonnie & Clyde.

August 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

Was this the "Wakanda forever" of the 60's?

August 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEvagr

I saw it for the first time in my early twenties and was completely floored by it. Incredible performances by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke and an all around wonderful film.
I second Edith. If you haven't seen it definitely seek it out.

August 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEddyPieHands


LadyEdith -- I have (!) but I'm an Anne Bancroft devotee so I guess I don't count

August 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Peggy Sue and Eddy - I'm glad to hear that you have seen this classic and love it it as much as I do.

August 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

Anne Bancroft forever. Four of the greatest performances ever--TMW, The Pumpkin Eater, The Graduate, The Turning Point. She should have also won the Oscar for The Graduate.

August 18, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Future AGNES OF GOD co-stars!

August 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick T

Future AGNES OF GOD co-stars!

August 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick T

(For seeing the value of her The Turning Point performance/nomination ) Condragulations brookesboy, you are the winner of this week’s challenge..

August 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKirk

Thank you, Kirk. I see her work in TTP as incredibly sensitive, warm and heartbreaking. Anne crushes our souls and immediately lifts them up. The scene in the opera is the best. I love her when Leslie is drunk. Absolutely fantastic work from Anne. She's the boss!

August 19, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I hate to be the naysayers, but I find the hysterical pitch at which Penn directs his actors (be it here or in Bonnie & Clyde) exhausting.

August 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBJT

Great pic but.. don't remind us of Agnes of God. Jane and Anne's worst performance.

August 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChris

It's interesting that people keep referencing the 1962 movie version of The Miracle Worker, but this poster is actually of the 1959 Broadway version that preceded it. (Walter Kerr was the theater critic for the New York Herald Tribune.) Both the play and the film starred Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, directed by Arthur Penn. In fact, this photo is probably from 1959 or '60, when Jane Fonda was 21 or 22.

August 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

It's interesting that people keep referring to the 1962 film version of The Miracle Worker, but this poster is actually from the 1959 Broadway play that also starred Anne Bancroft (and Patty Duke), under the direction of Arthur Penn. (Clue: Walter Kerr was the theater critic for the New York Herald-Tribune.) In fact, this photo is likely from late '59 or '60 when Jane Fonda was 21 or 22.

August 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Mareko. You repeated yourself.

August 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

A repeated comment happens to most of us at some point Joanna. Internet etiquette is not to mention it. Unless it’s some inside joke between the both of you, if so, carry on. :)

August 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBillo

I luv Page in Sweet Bird of Youth. But Bancroft does indeed deserve both the Tony n the Oscar for The Miracle Worker!

Patty Duke too! Althot she wasn't even Tony-nominated.

August 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

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