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A Patch of Blue

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Overview

Shelley Winters won an Academy Award for her searing performance as Rose-Ann d'Arcy in A Patch of Blue. The star, however, is not Winters but Elizabeth Hartman, cast as d'Arcy's blind, sensitive daughter, Selina. A venomous prostitute, Rose-Ann treats both Selina and grandfather Ole Pa Wallace Ford like dirt. Fortunately, Selina finds a way out via the kindly Gordon Ralfe Sidney Poitier, who befriends Hartman and tries to open up doors for her previously closed by her selfish mother. Despite the objections of the...
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Overview

Shelley Winters won an Academy Award for her searing performance as Rose-Ann d'Arcy in A Patch of Blue. The star, however, is not Winters but Elizabeth Hartman, cast as d'Arcy's blind, sensitive daughter, Selina. A venomous prostitute, Rose-Ann treats both Selina and grandfather Ole Pa Wallace Ford like dirt. Fortunately, Selina finds a way out via the kindly Gordon Ralfe Sidney Poitier, who befriends Hartman and tries to open up doors for her previously closed by her selfish mother. Despite the objections of the bigoted Rose-Ann and of Gordon's brother Mark Ivan Dixon, a bond stronger than physical love is forged between Gordon and Selina. Brilliantly avoiding gooey sentiment throughout, A Patch of Blue was adapted for the screen by director Guy Green, from the novel Be Ready with Bells and Drums by Elizabeth Kata.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
While perhaps too consciously schematic in its pairing of a black man and a blind white girl during an era of heightened racial awareness, this small film is a tender and moving story of friendship. Sidney Poitier stars as a man who befriends a blind girl (Elizabeth Hartman) he often sees in the park, and as he comes to understand the harshness of her family life, encourages her to reach out for a better life. Although the film strains credibility in suggesting the possibility of so public a relationship between a black man and a white girl during that time, the character of Poitier's skeptical brother (Ivan Dixon) does introduce a note of reality. The heart of the film are a trio of tour de force performances by the two stars and Shelley Winters, as the girl's monstrous mother, a hooker with a heart of ice. For those familiar with the life of the immensely gifted Hartman, a woman whose career was limited by emotional problems and who took her own life at the age of 46, her few film appearances have added significance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/5/1999
  • UPC: 027616610232
  • Original Release: 1965
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  • Source: Mgm (Warner)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sidney Poitier Gordon Ralfe
Shelley Winters Rose-Ann D'Arcy
Elizabeth Hartman Selina D'Arcy
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
Technical Credits
Guy Green Director, Screenwriter
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Robert Burks Cinematographer
George W. Davis Art Director
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Henry W. Grace Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Urie McCleary Art Director
Rita Roland Editor
Charles Thompson Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
William J. Tuttle Makeup
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