A Patch of Blue

A Patch of Blue

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Raised by a bigoted, abusive mother, an awkward, blind, white woman does not know that the man helping her around is black.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 18, 2019

I really love this classic, touching and heart warming film. I can see this movie over and over again and the message never becomes outdated. The film is about an eighteen year old blind girl named Selina D'Arcey (played by Elizabeth Hartman) who lives with abusive guardians and is from a poor family. She meets an African American man named Gordon Ralfe (played by Sidney Poitier) and they form a beautiful friendship. Sidney Poitier who played Gordon Ralfe was an inspiring and accomplished African American actor, surprising during an era of racial prejudice. Selina cannot see that Gordon is a man of colour. Hate is what makes people blind. Hate is what drives people to forget that there is a soul beneath someone’s skin colour, or race. After all, we are all human and what is inside is what counts. This movie planted a seed to bring interracial relationships into our culture and onto the screen. Although, it was filmed during the cutting edge of the civil rights movement, this was still a daring film to make. It reminds us that there is good and bad in everyone. When Selina said, “I know you’re good and kind. I know you’re coloured and I and I think you are beautiful!" was the most powerful sentence I think in the history of humanity. Watch this movie! It won’t disappoint you! @janmarrow1225 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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biffblack
May 23, 2018

A horrible film. Painfully dishonest, and impossible to watch. Robert Burks lensed gorgeous, wide-angle, B&W cinematography, yet the visual interest cannot overcome the appalling script. Sidney Poitier comes through with a good performance, but both of his femme co-stars, Shelley Winters and Elizabeth Hartman, are AWFUL!!!!!! For a good Hartman performance, skip this Oscar-cadging junk (she plays a victim who keeps dropping her box of beads -- who could do anything with THAT???!!) and instead watch her triumphant turn in Francis Coppola's "You're a Big Boy Now" from a year or two later.

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calameb
Dec 28, 2014

This great movie deserves more than one copy.

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garycornell
Sep 23, 2014

If I saw a "Patch of Blue" in a movie theater, I would want to stand on my chair and cheer. I only do that for a great inspirational movie, and this is certainly one of those. Director Guy Green did not direct many films, but when he did they could be a wonderful surprise. Here he has a cast of Sidney Poitier as Gordon Ralfe, an office worker who meets a blind young lady in the park on his lunch hour. They become friends and you will have to watch the movie to know any more of the plot. I think the DVD box picture would lead one to know that they become friends. Shelly Winters has a great role as the mother to the young lady, who is played by Elizabeth Hartman. All the cast are wonderful and the story will surely touch your heart. Maybe you will get up in your living room chair and cheer. it could happen to you!

PS I noticed KCLS has only one copy. I would appreciate your using the comment section on KCLS web page to ask for additional copies. Good movies shouldn't be in short supply!

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kuligs
Sep 09, 2013

genuinely a beautiful movie!

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Dowsee531
Jan 23, 2012

A wonderful film, a must see. Very realistic film. Shelly Winters, Elizabeth Hartman & Sidney Poitier were excelent in their roles.

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kwarah
Oct 18, 2011

This joyful, beautiful film proves, IN THE EYES OF THE BLIND, ALL RACES & SKIN COLORS LOOK THE SAME, just plain & simple DARK.

Daily tormented, ridiculed & condemned to remain illiterate, deprived of the very basic human needs by her own SADISTIC family, a blind girl finds a caring soul & LEARNS about freedom, self-worth, determination & hunger for LOVE, from total stranger in the park.

Setting aside the blind girl's PRESSURE for romance & over-riding his own personal temptations, the total stranger from the park, leads the blind women to freedom & better world, away from the life-time dungeon called "family & home".

DELIGHTFUL FILM!!!

l2read08 Jun 09, 2008

This movie was really good. I liked the fact that it seemed so realistic and I loved how the emotions of the girl who was blind were captured. Very enjoyable.

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