The Miracle Worker | 2000
An adaptation of William Gibson's 1959 play about Annie Sullivan, the teacher that opens up the world for the blind and deaf Helen Keller.
The Kellers of Tuscumbia, Alabama are a family in crisis. Their 8-year-old daughter, Helen, has been blind, deaf and mute since she was 18 months old, and her most consistent form of communication is to grab, tear and scratch violently at anything, or anyone, handy. Captain and Kate Keller feel such love and pity for Helen that they indulge her every whim. The result is that they have lost any semblance of peace in their home and son James bitterly resents how much attention is lavished on his sister. The Kellers make a last attempt to find a solution to their problem. The Perkins School For the Blind in Boston offers to send one of their best students, Annie Sullivan, a recent graduate, to the Keller household to be Helen's live-in teacher in 1887.
Sullivan, herself the product of an arduous childhood, also suffers from failing eyesight. Nevertheless, she hatches a plan to control the family interference and create a world of structure for her bright, lively young student that is essential for her to learn and survive. Annie's determination finally leads Helen to a climatic breakthrough that allows her to discover the world through the eyes and ears of others.