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.



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San Francisco Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs is called in to investigate when a liberal street preacher and political candidate is accused of murdering a prostitute. Tibbs is also battling ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, Barbara McNair


Complete credited cast:
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Kelly Flynn ...
Debi Storm ...
Selina, Age 5
Renata Vanni ...
Mrs. Favaloro
Saverio LoMedico ...
Mr. Favaloro


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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A man...a girl...captives in their own worlds...finding escape in each other... See more »


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10 December 1965 (USA)  »

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Cuando solo el corazón ve  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Elizabeth Hartman wore a pair of opaque contact lenses that not only made her appear blind, but genuinely deprived her of her sight. See more »


When Selina reveals her sexual assault (at the age of 18-19) to Gordon we see her attacker and her struggle through her eyes, which is impossible because earlier she explains the cause of her blindness at the age of five. See more »


Ole' Pa: [shouts] What the hell is the matter here? What are you trying to do to Selina?
Rose-Ann D'Arcey: You stay out of this one, you stupid, old drunk!
[shoves him]
Ole' Pa: Who're you calling stupid? Why, you three-buck broad, you...
Rose-Ann D'Arcey: [smacks him]
Ole' Pa: Okay, you black-hearted bitch...
[removes jacket]
Ole' Pa: If you wanna fight...
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Referenced in Demo Reel: Blue Patches (2013) See more »

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see this and jerk your tears
5 August 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when i was 13 . It shook my heart a lot . Well , i actually had forgotten the name of the movie and the stars . Until today when i was intentionally searching for it on the net . Its a good touching movie that will make you wonder .Why this has to happen? the background music is also good. Sidney Poiter acting was natural and touching. He really deserved an Oscar for this movie.

My favorite scene is that when Elizabeth cried on the rain. I don't know why i had the feeling of immense emotions at that scene. See it and enjoy WITH your tears!

Its a privilege to watch it.

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