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

Overview

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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 »
User Reviews:
A Patch of Excellence. See more (75 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:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:A (original rating) | 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:
According to director Guy Green, many girls auditioned for the role of Selina. However, as soon as Elizabeth Hartman walked into his office, he knew she was the one.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mark walks into the door of Gordon's apartment, he is shown closing the door behind him. When the shot cuts back to him, he's beginning the process of closing the door behind him again.See more »
Quotes:
Selina D'Arcy:It's wonderful to have a friend.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Afro Promo (1997)See more »

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36 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A Patch of Excellence., 26 July 2002
Author: tfrizzell from United States

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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