Miracle Worker: CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD

CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD

The idealistic teacher. The unresponsive institution. The brave deaf children struggling to overcome their handicap. The particularly difficult case. The breakthrough. The setbacks. The ultimate triumph. Children of a Lesser God omits nothing from the formula that guarantees a work to be routinely moving.

On the other hand, it is not easy to shrug off. For in writing the play on which the film is based, Mark Medoff shrewdly, perhaps courageously, added an unexpected element to the mix. He permitted love--the real, sexual thing--to develop between that too-good teacher (played with a bit too much self-regard by William Hurt) and one...

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