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A Patch of Blue (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

4.7 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford, Ivan Dixon
  • Directors: Guy Green
  • Writers: Guy Green, Elizabeth Kata
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Feb. 4 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00007G1ZL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,322 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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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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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I finally had the chance to see this movie a couple of nights ago. As usual, Sidney Poitier did not disappoint; complemented by a stellar cast of supporting actors.

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.
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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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Who cant help but fall in love with Selina D'Arcey?...This is a moving, bittersweet tale of forbidden love. A blind girl, who has nothing going for her, and lives such a bland, ...existence in the most dysfunctional of homes that you want to rescue her. And you'll want to throttle her abusive, rude witch of a mother, played by Shelly Winters in her finest hour.....but along comes her knight in shining armor, and shows her, well, just basic courtesy, which she's never known, and theres just something about the little blind girl at the park that keeps Sydney Pointier's character coming back. When he shows her compassion, and offers her companionship, she falls madly in love, and the poor dear is starved for affection, for all she knows is rudeness, and violence....The story draws in the viewer, and you start really caring about Selina, and want her to win in the end.....and the end will haunt you for the rest of your days.
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I read with sadness other comments that this movie is outdated............oh really...surprise 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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