A Patch of Blue (2000)




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Shelley Winters won an Academy Award for her searing performance as Rose-Ann d'Arcy in A Patch of Blue. The star, however, is not Winters but Elizabeth Hartman, cast as d'Arcy's blind, sensitive daughter, Selina. A venomous prostitute, Rose-Ann treats both Selina and grandfather Ole Pa (Wallace Ford) like dirt. Fortunately, Selina finds a way out via the kindly Gordon Ralfe (Sidney Poitier), who befriends Hartman and tries to open up doors for her previously closed by her selfish mother. Despite the objections of the bigoted Rose-Ann and of Gordon's brother Mark (Ivan Dixon), a bond stronger than physical love is forged between Gordon and Selina. Brilliantly avoiding gooey sentiment throughout, A Patch of Blue was adapted for the screen by director Guy Green, from the novel Be Ready with Bells and Drums by Elizabeth Kata. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Elizabeth Hartman
as Selina D'Arcey
Sidney Poitier
as Gordon Ralfe
Shelley Winters
as Rose-Ann D'Arcey
Ivan Dixon
as Mark Ralfe
Wallace Ford
as Ole Pa
John Qualen
as Mr. Faber
Kelly Flynn
as Yanek Faber
Debi Storm
as Selina age 5
Renata Vanni
as Mrs. Favaloro
Saverio LoMedico
as Mr. Favaloro
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Critic Reviews for A Patch of Blue

All Critics (6)

A wonderful twist on the adage that love is blind.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

A beautifully moving film.

October 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Effective drama that was something of a breakthrough at the time.

September 11, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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October 24, 2005

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July 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for A Patch of Blue

Another in a series of race films starring Sidney Poitier. Here we have a literal example of being colour blind. Although Poitier often returns to the same theme in his films, his charm makes them equally memorable.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Great lines and characters/performances. An amazing movie about tolerance and love.

Rubia  Carolina
Rubia Carolina

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Beautiful, and racially provactive, Blue is embarassingly raw and real.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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