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A Patch of Blue ()


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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.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 15 nominations.
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Gordon Ralfe
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Rose-Ann D'Arcey
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Selina D'Arcey
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Ole Pa
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Mark Ralfe
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Sadie
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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)
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Woman (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ...
Man (uncredited)
David Richards ...
Messenger (uncredited)
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Neighbor (uncredited)

Directed by

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Guy Green

Written by

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Elizabeth Kata ... (novel "Be Ready With Bells and Drums")
 
Guy Green ... (written by)

Produced by

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Pandro S. Berman ... producer
Kathryn Hereford ... associate producer
Guy Green ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography by

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Robert Burks ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Rita Roland
Hal G. Davis ... (uncredited)

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George W. Davis
Urie McCleary

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Henry Grace
Charles S. Thompson

Makeup Department

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William Tuttle ... makeup creator

Production Management

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Lindsley Parsons Jr. ... assistant production manager: MGM (uncredited)

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Hank Moonjean ... assistant director
Bill Finnegan ... assistant director (uncredited)
Herb Hirst ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Bill Graham ... prop (uncredited)
Robert Murdock ... prop (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Franklin Milton ... recording supervisor
Larry Hadsell ... boom operator (uncredited)
Larry Jost ... sound mixer (uncredited)
Bruce Wright ... sound recordist (uncredited)

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Robert R. Hoag ... special visual effects

Stunts

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Loren Janes ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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)

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Dorothy Aldrin ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines A man...a girl...captives in their own worlds...finding escape in each other... See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un coin de ciel bleu (France)
  • Un retazo de azul (Spain)
  • Ein Streifen blauer Himmel (Austria)
  • Un petic de azur (Romania)
  • Kosketus onneen (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Budget $800,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Shelley Winters hated her role as "Rose-Ann", primarily because, as a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, she was very uncomfortable playing a racist. Winters was actually overwhelmed and speechless the night she won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. See more »
Goofs When Selina goes out to the street alone for the first time, you can see a woman (an extra) standing very still waiting for her cue to walk, reflected on the restaurant glass window. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Afro Promo (1997). 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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