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A Patch of Blue Overview:

A Patch of Blue (1965) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by Guy Green and produced by Pandro S. Berman, Guy Green and Kathryn Hereford.

The film was based on the novel Be Ready with Bells and Drums written by Elizabeth Kata published in 1961.

Academy Awards 1965 --- Ceremony Number 38 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressElizabeth HartmanNominated
Best Supporting ActressShelley WintersWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: George W. Davis, Urie McCleary; Set Decoration: Henry Grace, Charles S. ThompsonNominated
Best CinematographyRobert BurksNominated
Best Music - ScoringJerry GoldsmithNominated
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BlogHub Articles:

On Blu-ray: Sidney Poitier and in A Patch of Blue (1965)

By KC on Sep 4, 2019 From Classic Movies

Though awarded and appreciated in its time, I’ve never felt that A Patch of Blue (1965) has gotten the attention it deserves. As a showcase for a pair of Sidney Poitier and Shelley Winter’s best performances, a wonderful debut for the delicate Elizabeth Hartman, and a tribute to the pow... Read full article


A Patch of Blue (1965)

By Beatrice on Aug 15, 2018 From Flickers in Time

A Patch of Blue Directed by Guy Green Written by Guy Green from a novel by Elizabeth Kata 1965/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Amazon Instant First-rate performances raise a touching, if predictable, story a notch. Selina D’Arcy (Elizabeth Hartman) is an 18-year-old blind girl who live... Read full article


A Patch of Blue: When one sees with the Heart

By Virginie Pronovost on Jul 18, 2016 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

Is there some actors or actresses that you loved all their films you’ve seen so far? Sidney Poitier is, for me, one of them. I haven’t seen all his films yet, only Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? A Patch of Blue, In the Heat of the Night, The Defiant Ones, Edge of the City and Blackb... Read full article


A Patch of Blue(1965).

By Dawn Sample on Aug 7, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks

A Patch of Blue (1965). Drama directed by Guy Green. Cast: Sidney Poitier, Elizabeth Hartman, Shelley Winters, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in this film. Scenes of Poitier and Hartman kissing were left out of the film when it was shown in film theaters in the So... Read full article


TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon ~ Sidney Poitier ~ A Patch of Blue (1965)

By Google profile on Aug 4, 2012 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

About MeBlogger, Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog and more. Please add my Google profile to your circles. This post is my contribution to the TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Jill of Sittin' on a Backyard Fence and Michael of ScribeHard on Film. Sidney Poitier is the featur... Read full article


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Quotes from

[Gordon is shopping with Selina]
Gordon Ralfe: I almost forgot. I'm out of detergent. Now this is where I really need your help. There's Swish...
Selina D'Arcy: [Quoting advertising slogans] "Keeps your hands soft as velvet."
Gordon Ralfe: Good. Whizz...
Selina D'Arcy: "Retains your girlish skin."
Gordon Ralfe: Marvelous. Jiffy...
Selina D'Arcy: "Jiffy makes you feel like a princess."
Gordon Ralfe: Froth...
Selina D'Arcy: Froth? I never heard that one.
Gordon Ralfe: Froth is just for washing dishes, but that's the one we need.


Selina D'Arcy: I know everything I need to know about you. I love you.
[touching Gordon's face]
Selina D'Arcy: I know you're good, and kind. I know you're colored and I...
Gordon Ralfe: What's that?
Selina D'Arcy: ...And I think you're beautiful!
Gordon Ralfe: [smiling] Beautiful? Most people would say the opposite.
Selina D'Arcy: Well that's because they don't know you.


[at a cash register]
Selina D'Arcy: What's happening now?
Gordon Ralfe: They're adding it all up.
Selina D'Arcy: In their heads?
Gordon Ralfe: No, on machines. They don't use heads anymore.


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Facts about

Scenes of Poitier and Hartman kissing were excised from the film when it was shown in movie theaters in the southern states of the USA. These scenes are intact in the DVD version.
According to the DVD audio commentary, it was the decision of director Guy Green that the movie be filmed in black-and-white, although color was available.
Elizabeth Hartman wore a pair of opaque contact lenses that not only made her appear blind, but genuinely deprived her of her sight.
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