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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:
see this and jerk your tears See more (66 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Scenes of Sidney Poitier and Elizabeth Hartman kissing were excised from the film when it was shown in theaters in the American South, where many states still had laws against what they called "race-mixing".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Rose Ann slaps Selina in the beginning of the movie, she moves closer to her face and screams, "Do you feel like wow now?" At this point Rose Ann is about six inches away from Selina yet in the very next shot, she's about two feet away from Selina.See more »
Quotes:
Selina D'Arcy:[Gordon kisses Selina on forehead] Was that a kiss?
Gordon Ralfe:[Nodding] It was a kiss.
Selina D'Arcy:Kiss me again.
[Gordon kisses her forehead again]
Selina D'Arcy:[Grabs Gordon's face and kisses him on the lips] Oh Gordon... Gordon... oh I wish I'd never been done over.
Gordon Ralfe:[Pulls her away] What did you say?
Selina D'Arcy:Nothing.
Gordon Ralfe:I'm sorry. You were much sinned against.
Selina D'Arcy:Are you angry with me. Do you think I'm bad... dirty?
Gordon Ralfe:No.
[...]
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
see this and jerk your tears, 5 August 2005
Author: nmtpaite from India

I saw this movie when i was 13 . It shook my heart a lot . Well , i actually had forgotten the name of the movie and the stars . Until today when i was intentionally searching for it on the net . Its a good touching movie that will make you wonder .Why this has to happen? the background music is also good. Sidney Poiter acting was natural and touching. He really deserved an Oscar for this movie.

My favorite scene is that when Elizabeth cried on the rain. I don't know why i had the feeling of immense emotions at that scene. See it and enjoy WITH your tears!

Its a privilege to watch it.

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