A Patch of Blue

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Shelley Winters won an Oscar for being perfectly horrible as the harridan mom in this dated, but not too sentimental fable in which blind daughter Hartman is brought out of her shell and given a sense of self-worth by her burgeoning friendship with Poitier, unaware throughout that he's a black man. In hindsight, it all looks like a rather tentative Hollywood essay at the race angle, but the actors do mesh together convincingly despite the obvious narrative contrivances, and debut girl Hartman's persuasive account of the everyday travails of the sightless is engrossing without overdoing the self-pity. That, unfortunately, is left to Jerry Goldsmith's insistently 'sensitive' score, plaintive woodwinds to the fore.

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Guy Green
Screenwriter: Guy Green
Cast: Sidney Poitier
Shelley Winters
Elizabeth Hartman
Wallace Ford
Ivan Dixon

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kristal

I agree with Bill it is a forgotten classic moving and powerful in it's simplicity. It is just a great story about two people and the challenges both external and internal that can stand in the way of true love.

kristal

I agree with Bill it is a forgotten classic moving and powerful in it's simplicity. It is just a great story about two people and the challenges both external and internal that can stand in the way of true love.

bill

This is a forgotten classic. black and white film revolving around the relationship between a black man and a blind teenage girl. exceptional perfomances by hartman and winters. a powerful story of true love. i read a lot of reviews of this film that soley concentrate on the race issues. there is far more going on than that in this fine classic film.

bill

This is a forgotten classic. black and white film revolving around the relationship between a black man and a blind teenage girl. exceptional perfomances by hartman and winters. a powerful story of true love. i read a lot of reviews of this film that soley concentrate on the race issues. there is far more going on than that in this fine classic film.