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Writers:
Elizabeth Kata (novel)
Guy Green (written by)
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Release Date:
10 December 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A man...a girl...captives in their own worlds...finding escape in each other... See more »
Plot:
A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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A beautiful heartbreaker See more (65 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Yanek Faber
Debi Storm ... Selina, Age 5
Renata Vanni ... Mrs. Favaloro
Saverio LoMedico ... Mr. Favaloro
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Chase ... Man (uncredited)
Tom Curtis ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Fred Holliday ... Man (uncredited)
Dorothy Lovett ... Woman (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Man (uncredited)
David Richards ... Messenger (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Neighbor (uncredited)
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Directed by
Guy Green 
 
Writing credits
Elizabeth Kata (novel "Be Ready With Bells and Drums")

Guy Green (written by)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Kathryn Hereford .... associate producer
Guy Green .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Rita Roland 
Hal G. Davis (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Urie McCleary 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Charles S. Thompson 
 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant production manager: MGM (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director
Bill Finnegan .... assistant director (uncredited)
Herb Hirst .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bill Graham .... prop (uncredited)
Robert Murdock .... prop (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Larry Hadsell .... boom operator (uncredited)
Larry Jost .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Bruce Wright .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Robert R. Hoag .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenny Bell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bobby Greene .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Lloyd Isbell .... grip (uncredited)
Wes Shanks .... gaffer (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dorothy Aldrin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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105 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Patty Duke was offered the lead part of Selina D'Arcy. Her managers, John and Ethel Ross, did not want her to take the part because they felt that playing a blind person so close to the time she portrayed Helen Keller would stereotype her for future roles.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Selina goes out to the street alone for the first time, you can see a woman (an extra) standing very still waiting for her cue to walk, reflected on the restaurant glass window.See more »
Quotes:
Selina D'Arcy:There's your choppers, Ole' Pa.
Ole' Pa:I know. I got eyes.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Century of Black Cinema (2003) (V)See more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful heartbreaker, 13 August 2002
Author: lauraeileen894 from United States

I recently saw "A Patch of Blue" and simply had to comment on it. This beautiful, intelligent, heartbreaking film tells the story of Selina (Elizabeth Hartman), a young blind woman who is isolated from the outside world by her vulgar, abusive mother (Shelley Winters, who won her second Oscar for this role). Selina is naive and rather complacent about her dark, lonely world, until she meets a compassionate businessman named Gordon (the always magnificent Sidney Poitier). Gordon shows Selina exciting experiences in the real world which we normally take for granted, such as pineapple juice and a fun trip to the supermarket. Selina sees Gordon as smart, kind, caring, and tolerant (an important word in the movie), but sadly, all others can see is the fact that Gordon is black. Can love conquer all, or will cold, hard reality plummet these two back to earth? I don't think I've ever seen actors so effortlessly handle material that is normally seen as sentimental and sappy, even though it can and WILL make you cry. What makes the film more tragic today is that Elizabeth Hartman took her own life at the age of just 43. The ending is a true heartbreaker, but it also leaves you with an optimistic feeling for Selina and Gordon's futures. In his autobiography, Sidney Poitier admits that of all his films, "A Patch of Blue" holds a unique and special place in his heart. It touched him that much, and it will do the same for you. Please have some Kleenex handy and let yourself see "A Patch of Blue".

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