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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.



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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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$800,000 (estimated)

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Shelley Winters hated her role as "Rose-Ann" and was actually overwhelmed and speechless the night she won an Oscar for Best Supporting actress. See more »


After Selina puts crackers in the paper bag, she rolls the top of it but when she turns around, she is seen rolling it down again. See more »


Selina D'Arcy: It's wonderful to have a friend.
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Sensitive portrayal by Elizabeth Hartman
31 October 2000 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

A very well-cast film version of Elizabeth Kata's novel. Jerry Goldsmith's score blends beautifully with the film's poignancy. Outstanding debut by the late Elizabeth Hartman; she is unforgettable as the blind Selina D'Arcy. Poitier is terrific as the insightful Gordon, and Shelley Winters gives a blistering portrayal as Selina's abusive, bigoted mother (Winters won Best Supporting Oscar).

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