A black man's burgeoning love affair with a blind white girl is complicated by her racist, controlling mother.
One of the first studio films to deal with interracial romance (or even the possibility of it), A Patch of Blue was a huge hit upon its release, appealing to those looking for both social protest and a smart date movie. Sidney Poitier plays Gordon, a compassionate stranger who befriends a blind white girl named Selina (Elizabeth Hartman). Selina, the next thing to a shut-in, can only judge people by their voices, and Gordon's is unusually patient, kind. Troubles ensue when Selina's abusive mother (Shelley Winters in her second Oscar-winning performance) happens upon the pair during one of their park rendezvous. Ivan Dixon plays Poitier's militant brother, and veteran Wallace Ford appears as Selina's kindly lush of a grandfather. Jerry Goldsmith earned an Oscar nomination for his lilting piano theme, surely one of the simplest, most effective pieces of music to grace a Hollywood film. --Glenn Lovell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A beautiful touching story of a blind girl mistreated by her family who is befriended by a well educated african american. A movie to be seen again and again.Published on Aug. 7 2010 by Bev
I agree with most reviewers that this was an excellent film, which I have watched over and over again. All the acting is wonderful and deserving of many awards. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Cheryl D. Christian
I've read the novel version of this story several times, and love it. The movie, when Ii first watched it, was touching, but there was something missing. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by Michael Sutcliffe
A blind girl lives a life of squalor and abuse at the hands of her racist family. When she meets the cool collected newspaper reporter she falls madly in love. Read morePublished on May 28 2003 by Amazon Customer
Who cant help but fall in love with Selina D'Arcey?...This is a moving, bittersweet tale of forbidden love. Read morePublished on April 29 2003 by John Smith
Guy Green's tale of the love between a blind girl and a "coloured" man is no masterpiece, but it is sustained by two touching performances by Sidney Poitier and Elizabeth... Read morePublished on April 8 2003 by David L Rattigan
At last a favourite film of mine issued on DVD. What a brilliant release it is. A surperb print, as they say, and the wonderful suprise bonus of Mr. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2003 by Peter Willis
I absolutely love Sidney Poitier. He brings sensitivity, compassion and intelligence to all his roles but especially in this movie. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2003 by Silent Girl