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A Patch of Blue (1965)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 10 December 1965 (USA)
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A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life by introducing her to the outside world.

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Guy Green

Writers:

Elizabeth Kata (novel), Guy Green
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sidney Poitier ... Gordon Ralfe
Shelley Winters ... Rose-Ann D'Arcey
Elizabeth Hartman ... Selina D'Arcey
Wallace Ford ... Ole Pa
Ivan Dixon ... Mark Ralfe
Elisabeth Fraser ... Sadie
John Qualen ... Mr. Faber
Kelly Flynn Kelly Flynn ... Yanek Faber
Debi Storm Debi Storm ... Selina, Age 5
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Mrs. Favaloro
Saverio LoMedico Saverio LoMedico ... Mr. Favaloro
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Storyline

Accidentally blinded by her prostitute mother Rose-Ann at the age of five, Selina D'Arcey spends the next 13 years confined in the tiny Los Angeles apartment that they share with "Ole Pa", Selina's grandfather. One afternoon at the local park, Selina meets Gordon Ralfe, a thoughtful young office worker whose kind-hearted treatment of her results in her falling in love with him, unaware that he is black. They continue to meet in the park every afternoon and he teaches her how to get along in the city. But when the cruel, domineering Rose-Ann learns of their relationship, she forbids her to have anything more to do with him because he is black. Selina continues to meet Gordon despite Rose-Ann's fury, who is determined to end the relationship for good. Written by alfiehitchie

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Love is color blind. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando sólo el corazón ve See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shelley Winters hated her role as "Rose-Ann", primarily because, as a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, she was very uncomfortable playing a racist. Winters was actually overwhelmed and speechless the night she won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. See more »

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When Gordon is walking Selina to the deli, people on the bus are waving and looking at the camera. See more »

Quotes

Selina D'Arcy: I know everything I need to know about you. I love you.
[touching Gordon's face]
Selina D'Arcy: I know you're good, and kind. I know you're colored and I...
Gordon Ralfe: What's that?
Selina D'Arcy: ...And I think you're beautiful!
Gordon Ralfe: [smiling] Beautiful? Most people would say the opposite.
Selina D'Arcy: Well that's because they don't know you.
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Well-acted and sad.....
14 July 2009 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

This film is sad and effective,touching and indelible. Elizabeth Hartman is very sympathetic in this role as a blind teenager, growing up in a borderline white-trash home, with an alcoholic grandfather,and promiscuous down-at-heel mother,capably portrayed by Shelley Winters.

Sidney Poitier delivers another effective performance here,as a sympathetic friend to Selena (Hartman) who tries to help better her life,even as his brother,a med student tells him to forget it, Selena is a hopeless case from "a human trash heap".

The performances are touching and understated as one feels what it may be like to live as a disabled blind woman. Hartman is trampled and pushed to the ground simply because street people have no time to help her. The world is a cold place, but Poitier offers his friendship and compassion as a small patch of blue in Selena's otherwise dark world. Highly recommended.9/10.


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