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A Patch of Blue (1965)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 10 December 1965 (USA)
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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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A man...a girl...captives in their own worlds...finding escape in each other... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the DVD audio commentary, it was the decision of Writer and Director Guy Green that the movie be filmed in black-and-white, although color was available. See more »

Goofs

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: [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 I don't.
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Also available in a computer-colorized version. See more »

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Wonderful, wonderful performances
13 September 1999 | by mark-506See all my reviews

What a surprise. It had been a long time since I saw such an honest, sensitively-made film, and it really brings to mind that old statement "They don't make 'em like they used to." How refreshing to see a film that handles potentially mawkish, TV movie-of-the-week style material (blind white girl falls in love with sighted black man) with sophistication, grace and lack of sentimentality. These are real humans that emerge out of the script, and the central performances of Sidney Poitier and the sadly forgotten Elizabeth Hartman take the tender screenplay and deliver beautiful, deeply touching performances. It is, simply put, a joy to watch them perform together.

Credit must also be given to a young Jerry Goldsmith's sweet, delicate score, and Robert Burks' (Hitchcock's favorite DP) rich black and white cinematography. Almost impossible to find in its original widescreen format, still very worthwhile rental material.


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