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A Patch of Blue (1965)

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A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life by introducing her to the outside world.

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

Elizabeth Kata (novel), Guy Green
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Kelly Flynn ... Yanek Faber
Debi Storm Debi Storm ... Selina, Age 5
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Mrs. Favaloro
Saverio LoMedico Saverio LoMedico ... Mr. Favaloro
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Storyline

Accidentally blinded by her prostitute mother Rose-Ann at the age of five, Selina D'Arcey spends the next 13 years confined in the tiny Los Angeles apartment that they share with "Ole Pa", Selina's grandfather. One afternoon at the local park, Selina meets Gordon Ralfe, a thoughtful young office worker whose kind-hearted treatment of her results in her falling in love with him, unaware that he is black. They continue to meet in the park every afternoon and he teaches her how to get along in the city. But when the cruel, domineering Rose-Ann learns of their relationship, she forbids her to have anything more to do with him because he is black. Selina continues to meet Gordon despite Rose-Ann's fury, who is determined to end the relationship for good. Written by alfiehitchie

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Love is color blind. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando sólo el corazón ve See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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In Gordon's apartment he sets down a stack of LP record albums. but in the next shot a different record is on the top of the stack from the one that was there when he set it down. See more »

Quotes

Selina D'Arcy: I know everything I need to know about you. I love you.
[touching Gordon's face]
Selina D'Arcy: I know you're good, and kind. I know you're colored and I...
Gordon Ralfe: What's that?
Selina D'Arcy: ...And I think you're beautiful!
Gordon Ralfe: [smiling] Beautiful? Most people would say the opposite.
Selina D'Arcy: Well that's because they don't know you.
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References Trial and Error (1962) See more »

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Sensitive portrayal by Elizabeth Hartman
31 October 2000 | by spompermayerSee all my reviews

A very well-cast film version of Elizabeth Kata's novel. Jerry Goldsmith's score blends beautifully with the film's poignancy. Outstanding debut by the late Elizabeth Hartman; she is unforgettable as the blind Selina D'Arcy. Poitier is terrific as the insightful Gordon, and Shelley Winters gives a blistering portrayal as Selina's abusive, bigoted mother (Winters won Best Supporting Oscar).


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