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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

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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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Very emotional See more (70 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 | 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:
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:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Selina D'Arcy:It's wonderful to have a friend.See more »
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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Very emotional, 29 November 2004
Author: sugar-bear from Anywhere

I love this movie so much. I bought the DVD and I can't seem to stop watching it. The acting by the superb cast and the plot is what makes this movie stand out from many other good movies. Guy Green did an awesome job picking the cast.

SIDNEY POITIER:Sidney does a great job as Gordon Ralfe. An African-American business man who lives with his brother, Mark and tries to live an ordinary life. He is also a compassionate man who has a giving heart and doesn't judge everyone.

ELIZABETH HARTMAN:I think Elizabeth Hartman's performance is what makes me want to keep watching it over and over again. Hartman plays soft spoken Selina D'Arcy. Accidentally blinded as a child, Selina learns how to deal with life despite having not been taught very much. Selina only knows how to do the house chores and is used to the constant abuse by her mother and grandfather which whom she lives with. Selina is as fragile and naive as a small child. Although blind, Selina doesn't let that get in the way. Visits to the park and her small job of beading necklaces are how she and Gordon(Poitier)actually meet. Hartman's performance is the rare gem of it all.

SHELLY WINTERS:I didn't really like Winters in this role. But because she played it so well....I can say that I liked it. Winters plays Rose-Ann D'Arcy, a middle aged, foul mouthed prostitute who's also Selina's mother. It is her fault that Selina is blind. Her fault that Selina was raped and her fault that life is the way it is for Selina. But Rose-Ann doesn't care about anyone but herself. She bad mouths her own father and physically abuses Selina. She has a short temper and makes money the best way she knows how. She apparently makes life a living hell for almost everyone.

The love Selina has for Gordon is as pure and heart warming as true love can get. I don't normally like romance movies but this movie is far from that. It's a story of the love two people from different worlds have for each other and let nothing get in the way. I LOVE IT!!!

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