History Theatre / TheMiracleWorker

18th Sep '16 2:13:06 AM eroock
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* TeethFlying: Annie spits out a tooth after getting smashed in the face by Helen.
17th Sep '16 3:07:47 PM eroock
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* DeadpanSnarker: Anne, James and Captain Keller
--> '''Helen''':''(to James)'' Spanish monks under a vow of silence, which I wish you'd take!



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: James Keller starts off the film as an apparent {{JerkAss}} who cares little for his half-sister, recommending that she be sent off to an asylum, and is rather condescending to Anne in his reference to her as someone else "to look after" after discovering that she's partially blind. That said, as the film goes on and Helen's gradual process in communicating becomes clear, James softens somewhat and sees Anne's presence as beneficial. It gets to the point where, right after his father insists on having her removed again in the film's climax, James actually defends Anne's methods and [[CallingTheOldManOut calls his father out]] on finally being wrong for once in his life.
17th Sep '16 3:07:00 PM eroock
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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Some viewers consider it unrealistic that Helen is portrayed saying “wah-wah” to mean “water” when she was too young to learn to speak before her illness. However, according to her autobiography, Helen was 19 months old and had begun to speak when she became sick. She did indeed say “wah-wah” and claimed that she retained that word for a long time after most memory of speech had faded.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Some viewers consider it unrealistic that Helen is portrayed saying “wah-wah” "wah-wah" to mean “water” when she was too young to learn to speak before her illness. However, according to her autobiography, Helen was 19 months old and had begun to speak when she became sick. She did indeed say “wah-wah” "wah-wah" and claimed that she retained that word for a long time after most memory of speech had faded.
17th Sep '16 3:06:32 PM eroock
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* DontYouDarePityMe: Annie tells Kate not to pity her, despite the fact that Annie had grown up in an almhouse, because it made her strong.



* MaidenAunt: Aunt Ev
* {{Mammy}}: Viney

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* LivingDollCollector: Anne Sullivan describes her own time in the orphan asylum/poor house growing up as a child. She and her brother lived in the room where the babies of prostitutes were kept until they died (of the STD's they contracted from their mothers), and were kept there until burial. She and her brother would play with them. It's unclear from the script if they stopped playing with them after they were dead.
* MaidenAunt: Aunt Ev
Ev.
* {{Mammy}}: VineyViney.



* PragmaticAdaptation: Of the early part of Helen Keller’s autobiography

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* PragmaticAdaptation: Of the early part of Helen Keller’s autobiographyautobiography.
* PsychoLesbian: Alluded to in Annie's talk about the asylum she grew up in: "The asylum? [...] There were [...] some of the kind that keep after other girls, especially the young ones."


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* TooHungryToBePolite: Helen Keller is portrayed as having had no table manners to speak of prior to the arrival of her teacher, Annie Sullivan.
17th Sep '16 3:05:27 PM eroock
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The play premiered in 1957 in a ''Playhouse 90'' broadcast. In 1959, it was shown on Broadway with Creator/AnneBancroft as Annie Sullivan and Patty Duke as Helen Keller. In 1961 it was performed in London’s West End starring Anna Massey and Janina Faye.

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The play premiered in 1957 in a ''Playhouse 90'' broadcast. In 1959, it was shown on Broadway with Creator/AnneBancroft as Annie Sullivan and [[Series/ThePattyDukeShow Patty Duke Duke]] as Helen Keller. In 1961 it was performed in London’s West End starring Anna Massey and Janina Faye.


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* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
-->'''The Captain''': Miss Sullivan, do you like the child?
-->'''Annie''': Do you?


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* BedlamHouse: According to her own retelling, Annie grew up in such a place.


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* CatapultNightmare: Annie has a bad dream while on the train and it ends with her startling dramatically in her seat.


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* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: One of Annie's teaching methods for Helen which the mother disapproves of.


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* IronicEcho: When James mentions that Helen locked Annie in her room, the Captain asks why he didn't tell them earlier upon which James echoes an earlier line directed towards him: "Everyone's been telling me not to say anything."


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* SuddenlyVoiced: Helen in the final scene.


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* TemptingFate: On their second encounter, Annie tells Helen she's a "very good girl" upon which the latter smashes a vase on the floor.
* TimeSkip: The opening scene shows Helen's birth. Then we skip six to seven years ahead for the remainder of the story.
* TrainingFromHell: Helen receives this from Annie. The breakfast scene in particular.
* TrashTheSet: The famous breakfast scene in which Helen trashes the dining room. Also later when Helen arrives in the garden house, she makes a huge mess of the interior.
4th Jun '16 9:18:04 AM eroock
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->''“I wanted to teach you- oh, everything the earth is full of, Helen, everything on it that’s ours for a wink and it’s gone, and what we are on it, the- light we bring to it and leave behind in- words, why, you can see five thousand years back in a light of words, everything we feel, think, know- and share, in words, so not a soul is in darkness, or done with, even in the grave. And I know, I '''know''', one word and I can- put the world in your hand- and whatever it is to me, I won’t take less!”''
-->--'''Annie Sullivan''', Act III

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->''“I
->''"I
wanted to teach you- oh, everything the earth is full of, Helen, everything on it that’s ours for a wink and it’s it's gone, and what we are on it, the- light we bring to it and leave behind in- words, why, you can see five thousand years back in a light of words, everything we feel, think, know- and share, in words, so not a soul is in darkness, or done with, even in the grave. And I know, I '''know''', one word and I can- put the world in your hand- and whatever it is to me, I won’t take less!”''
-->--'''Annie
less!"''
-->-- '''Annie
Sullivan''', Act III


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22nd Apr '16 5:55:14 AM MasoTey
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6th Nov '15 5:23:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* CastingGag: Patty Duke played Helen to Anne Bancroft's Annie in both the Broadway version and the 1962 film, and then played Annie in the 1979 film, opposite Melissa Gilbert's Helen.
16th Jun '15 9:28:21 PM KyleJacobs
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* TheHandicappedAndTheHelper: Likely the TropeMaker. The RealLife Anne Sullivan was herself visually impaired enough to go to schools for the blind, and was completely blind in later life.

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* TheHandicappedAndTheHelper: HandyHelper: Likely the TropeMaker. The RealLife Anne Sullivan was herself visually impaired enough to go to schools for the blind, and was completely blind in later life.
10th Jun '15 8:30:13 PM redandready45
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* CastingGag: Patty Duke played Helen to Anne Bancroft's Annie in both the Broadway version and the 1962 film, and then played Annie in the 1979 film, opposite Melissa Gilbert's Helen.* CorporalPunishment: Annie slaps Helen when Helen hits her.

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* CastingGag: Patty Duke played Helen to Anne Bancroft's Annie in both the Broadway version and the 1962 film, and then played Annie in the 1979 film, opposite Melissa Gilbert's Helen.Helen.
* CorporalPunishment: Annie slaps Helen when Helen hits her.


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--> '''Helen''':''(to James)'' Spanish monks under a vow of silence, which I wish you'd take!
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