The Miracle Worker
Most recently screened in August 2006
Director: Arthur Penn. Cast: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine, Kathleen Comegys, Beah Richards. Screenplay: William Gibson (based on his play).

Twitter Capsule: Bancroft's so good, and Duke even better. Their chemistry and best scenes override shakier stuff at the edges.

VOR:   Like Mockingbird or Anne Frank, this film has huge shoes to fill. Impressively, it carves out a specific enough identity, style, and emotional resonance that it fills them.

Photo © 1962 United Artists

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Director: Arthur Penn
Best Actress: Anne Bancroft
Best Supporting Actress: Patty Duke
Best Adapted Screenplay: William Gibson
Best Costume Design (Black & White): Ruth Morley

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Actress (Drama): Anne Bancroft
Best Supporting Actress: Patty Duke

Other Awards:
National Board of Review: Best Actress (Bancroft)
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Foreign Actress (Bancroft)

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