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A Patch of Blue (1965)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 10 December 1965 (USA)
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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A man...a girl...captives in their own worlds...finding escape in each other... See more »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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Final film of Wallace Ford. See more »

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When Gordon is teaching Selena to use the payphone, the scene begins with his tie just being casually flipped over. When the camera returns to him mid way through the scene, it is tightly knotted. See more »

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[Gordon is shopping with Selina]
Gordon Ralfe: I almost forgot. I'm out of detergent. Now this is where I really need your help. There's Swish...
Selina D'Arcy: [Quoting advertising slogans] "Keeps your hands soft as velvet."
Gordon Ralfe: Good. Whizz...
Selina D'Arcy: "Retains your girlish skin."
Gordon Ralfe: Marvelous. Jiffy...
Selina D'Arcy: "Jiffy makes you feel like a princess."
Gordon Ralfe: Froth...
Selina D'Arcy: Froth? I never heard that one.
Gordon Ralfe: Froth is just for washing dishes, but that's the one we need.
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A Patch of Excellence.
26 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of those genuinely moving and emotional films that toes the line to excellence and almost succeeds. Young Elizabeth Hartman (Oscar-nominated) is blind and has been a part of a household where she has been treated like a second-rate stranger and outcast by her cold mother (Shelley Winters is a smashing Oscar-winning turn). One day Hartman meets professional businessman Sidney Poitier in the local park and they become quick friends as Hartman is treated with love and respect by Poitier while Hartman's handicap means she does not know that Poitier is really African-American. Two pure hearts are able to overcome the cruelty of others in this fine American motion picture that is well worth one's time. It is one of the better films of the 1960s. Sidney Poitier was at the top of his career here. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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