Compare Offers on Amazon
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
A Patch of Blue (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
Frequently Bought Together
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
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.
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Riveting, heart-wrenching, touching....I was drawn in from the opening scenes and didn't budge during this entire film, something that doesn't often happen. The acting of the entire cast was so good.
At times, this is a very difficult film to watch, especially the abusive nature of Shelly Winter's relationship to her now-blind daughter and the bigotry. But it was also a story of love, hope and redemption.
The relationship between Sidney Poitier and Elizabeth Hartman was warm, believable and touching throughout. I think they both should have received Oscars for their roles in this film too, in addition to Shelly Winters.
Be prepared to be moved and perhaps to tears (as I was) by this film. Unforgettable.
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 ...
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....
"THANK YOU AND I LOVE YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE GIVEN ME .....esp. in this film"
one very devouted fan from MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA
Most recent customer reviews
Mervelleux .Ecellent état .excellent emballage , je suis emballé de la façon dont on a taité ma commandePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am very grateful that the sender sent this DVD as soon as s/he did. It arrived at my house just in time for a party.
This is a very powerful film. Read more
I am pleased o have this DVD on hand. It is rarely seen on TV so I am pleased to have it easily accessible for repeated viewing.Published on Jan. 31 2014 by Rosemary Standish
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
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003
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
Look for similar items by category
- Movies & TV > Classics > Drama
- Movies & TV > Drama > Classics
- Movies & TV > Drama > Love & Romance
- Movies & TV > En français > Drame > Drames psychologiques
- Movies & TV > En français > Drame > Drames romantiques
- Movies & TV > En français > Enfants, Jeunesse et Famille
- Movies & TV > Kids & Family > Drama