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A Patch of Blue -- A black man's burgeoning love affair with a blind white girl is complicated by her racist, controlling mother.
A Patch of Blue -- Trailer for this drama starring Sidney Poitier

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Director:
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 »
User Reviews:
A great film...touching and thought provoking See more (68 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)

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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Runtime:
105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-8 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (1965) (cut) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #20966) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Hayley Mills was considered for the lead role but cost considerations led to the unknown Elizabeth Hartman being cast.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Throughout the movie, you can see the crew members and the boom mic reflected on Selina's glasses.See more »
Quotes:
[On Selina's plans to go to the park]
Ole' Pa:Only one thing messin' up your idea S'lina, and it ain't fatso's supper.
Selina D'Arcy:What then?
Ole' Pa:Nobody'd bring ya home.
Selina D'Arcy:You could. I can wait.
Ole' Pa:Many a time I'm not on my way till good and dark.
Selina D'Arcy:Is that all? Dark's nothing to me. I'm always in the dark.
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Movie Connections:
Edited into Afro Promo (1997)See more »

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34 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A great film...touching and thought provoking, 4 May 2004
Author: EmAn1213

"A Patch of Blue" is a wonderful film which works on at least two levels: a romance and a social commentary. Unlike most romances, it manages to be touching without being melodramatic, and unlike most social commentaries, it subtly makes its points without manipulation or a hidden agenda.

It is the story of how Selina, a blind girl who is verbally and sometimes physically abused by her mother, discovers her independence with the help of a young, black professional, Gordon. Selina's entire life has been spent alone and indoors. She has not learned how to read Braille or how to get around on her own. She basically does not know how to live independently. She meets Gordon in the park one day, and he essentially begins to teach her how to live. A warm and trusting friendship develops. The obvious complication from their relationship is the fact that Selina's mother is a racist, and Selina does not know that Gordon is black.

Both characters are wonderful: Gordon is cautious but intrigued, knowing he is walking on dangerous ground. Selina is comically naive and eager with an unbreakable spirit.

If you get a chance, watch this movie! It is inspiring and is one of those rare films that actually makes you think.

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