Made in 1962, this is a fascinating and moving account of Helen Keller's childhood in 1880's Alabama.
The story begins when the infant Helen contracts an illness which leaves her blind and deaf, as she grows, Helen, (played by Patty Duke) is basically allowed to do exactly as she pleases, including snatching food off the family dinnerplates with no intervention from her Father, (Victor Jory) Mother, (Inga Swenson) or her adult Brother, (Andrew Prine) who pity, rather than feel the need to help the young Girl.
Eventually, when Helen is seven, her parents decide to employ a young teacher, Annie Sullivan, (Anne Bancroft) who teaches and helps Children with disabilities at a special school.
Annie's own eyesight is poor, and flashbacks during the film show both herself and her younger brother's childhood spent in an asylum in appalling conditions.
On arrival at the Keller household, Annie soon sets about trying to teach Helen sign language by her fingers touching the palms of Helen's hands, obviously with the extent of Helen's condition, the task is especially difficult.
Towards the end of the movie, when it appears the breakthrough will never come, Helen throws a large Jug of water over Annie during a confrontation at the dinner table, Annie drags Helen by the hand to the outdoor water pump to make her refill it, as they start pumping the handle, with Annie continually spelling the word WATER into Helen's hand, one of the most moving scenes in cinema history follows.
The movie never sentimentalises this moving and uplifting story of determination and great courage, with a superb cast giving great performances.
Its hardly surprising that both Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke won Oscars here, a brilliant movie.
This dvd features various soundtrack and subtitle languages, including English, the black and white picture and sound quality are good.