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A Patch of Blue (Widescreen)

Sidney Poitier , Shelley Winters , Guy Green    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A BITTERSWEET, HEARTBREAKING FILM... Jan. 4 2004
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
This is a wonderful low-budget, black and white film starring a great cast of actors: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, and then newcomer, Elizabeth Hartman. It was filmed in 1965, at the height of the civil rights movement, and was then notable for its budding inter-racial romance. While this aspect may seem rather tame today, at the time the movie was filmed, this was still a somewhat controversial theme in many parts of America.
Elizabeth Hartman, in an exquisitely poignant performance for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, plays the part of Selina D'Arcy, an eighteen year old blind girl who lives an isolated and impoverished, almost Dickensian, existence. She lives with her abusive mother, Rose-Ann (Shelley Winters), who moonlights as a prostitute, and her drunken, though somewhat well-meaning, grandfather, whom she calls Ole Pa (Wallace Ford). Uneducated, having never gone to school, Selina spends her time stringing beads to earn some money for the family, cleaning up after her mother and grandfather, and being at the receiving end of constant physical abuse and verbal invectives heaped upon her by her mother. Hers is, indeed, a draconian existence.
One day, she prevails upon her grandfather to drop her off in the park, where she proceeds to sit under a tree, stringing her beads. There, she meets a kindly, well-educated business man, Gordon Ralphe (Sidney Poitier), who takes an interest in her and her quick appreciation for any kindness done to her. She responds to Gordon's kindness as if she were a flower turning its face to the sun for continued warmth. He, in turn, is touched by her eager interest in even the most mundane of matters. They continue to meet under that tree as often as possible, and a relationship develops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars aways my favourite movie Aug. 17 2003
By jedda
Format:VHS Tape
I read with sadness other comments that this movie is outdated............oh really...surprise surprise....it was made in the 60's I think.
This movie above any I have seen since, speaks so clearly of sensitivity, gentle compassion and passionate love. The self-sacrificing love that we know so little about these days...
DARE I SAY IT? is this what TRUE LOVE IS.....TO LOVE AND THEN LET GO for the LIFE of the other......
Gordon loved so tenderly and Serina became aware so gently that she was lovable..AND loved........
How is it possible that one could miss this view of the film is beyond me.........
I have been "in-love" with Sidney ever since .... he has such skill as an actor and has broadened my horizons so immensely with his portrayal of Gordon
Thank GOD for this medium which gives me an opportunity to say to SIDNEY FANS what I have wanted to say to him for 35 years....

one very devouted fan from MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Ray of Sunshine in a Life of Darkness Aug. 5 2003
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Warner Brothers produced A Patch of Blue in 1965, which was a black and white dramatic film set in California, starring such greats as Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, and Wallace Ford. This film was quite racy for its time, as the movie's plot was centered on a budding relationship between a black man and a white teenage woman, which in those days was unheard of.
Selina D'Arcy (Hartman), an 18-year old blind white girl, lives an isolated, Cinderella-like existence with her foul-mouthed mother Roseanne (Winters) and drunken grandfather, "Ol' Pa" (Ford). Selina wants nothing more than to listen to the radio and occasionally string beads in the park. It is there that she meets handsome black businessman Gordon Ralfe (Poitier) who sizes up her plight. As Gordon conveniently continues to run into Selina at the park and their relationship grows. He is delighted that he can teach Selina such everyday things as relying on her sense of smell, calling the pay phone operator, and pushing "Walk" just to listen to the traffic stop.
It is easy to see why Shelly Winters won an Oscar for her portrayal of Selina's drunken and abusive prostitute mother. As a viewer, I cringed with Selina every time her mother went on one of her tirades. I still wonder why Elizabeth Hartman only received an Oscar nomination for her performance, because she truly portrayed the essence of her character.
I give this film a four-star rating because I felt that the film accurately portrayed a 1965 interracial romance and addressed the subject of significant age differences between two people clearly drawn romantically to one another. The film could be disturbing at times because it showed just how bleak life can be for a blind girl living in poverty with a truly dysfunctional family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Of Discovery March 17 2003
An amazing Sidney Poitier makes the most of his role as Gordon, a gentle spirit who comes to the aid of Selina (played by Elizabeth Hartman), a young blind woman who spends her days sitting in the park stringing beads onto cheap imitation pearl necklaces for a meager living.
As the story develops, Gordon comes to the realization that, as much as it may feel right, he cannot be with Selina, while the blind girl continues to be drawn closer and closer to this man who has introduced her to the world outside ... one vastly different from the one-room flat she shares with her abusive mother (Shelley Winters) and her drunken grandfather.
The film intelligently deals with the prospect of not only an interracial romance but also dabbles with the subject of significant age differences between two people clearly drawn romantically to one another. There's is a romance much like ROMEO & JULIET ... two souls coming from vastly different worlds, wanting to be together, but forced apart by circumstances beyond control.
A wonderful journey of discovery for those willing to take the trip ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Patch of Blue
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Ending different in original book
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 more
Published on June 1 2004 by Cheryl D. Christian
2.0 out of 5 stars completely destroys the book
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 more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Michael Sutcliffe
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Dated.
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 more
Published on May 28 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of a love story.
Who cant help but fall in love with Selina D'Arcey?...This is a moving, bittersweet tale of forbidden love. Read more
Published on April 29 2003 by John Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Sufficiently moving drama
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 more
Published on April 8 2003 by David L Rattigan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical experience.
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 more
Published on Feb. 12 2003 by Peter Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, sensitive film
I absolutely love Sidney Poitier. He brings sensitivity, compassion and intelligence to all his roles but especially in this movie. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2003 by Silent Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
One of the best movies I have ever seen. The movie teaches you more than one lesson mainly that its okay to be you. Awesome movie, it totally rocks!
Published on Sept. 10 2002 by eunice casasola
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