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)

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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A Patch of Blue (1965)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 29, 2022 From 4 Star Films

I hope my analogy does not get misconstrued, but A Patch of Blue plays like a sublime fairy tale. It’s set in New York, a city that often feels as much of a visual fabrication made out of magic and myth as it is a real place anchored in time and space. Here is the very same world that exists i... Read full article

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

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Quotes from

Selina D'Arcy: Not ask just marry! You don't have to ask!

Selina D'Arcy: [Gordon kisses Selina on forehead] Was that a kiss?
Gordon Ralfe: [Nodding] It was a kiss.
Selina D'Arcy: Kiss me again.
[Gordon kisses her forehead again]
Selina D'Arcy: [Grabs Gordon's face and kisses him on the lips] Oh Gordon... Gordon... oh I wish I'd never been done over.
Gordon Ralfe: [Pulls her away] What did you say?
Selina D'Arcy: Nothing.
Gordon Ralfe: I'm sorry. You were much sinned against.
Selina D'Arcy: Are you angry with me. Do you think I'm bad... dirty?
Gordon Ralfe: No.
Selina D'Arcy: I said what I said because I love you so much.
Gordon Ralfe: I know why you said it. I'm glad you said it. You brought me back to Earth.
Selina D'Arcy: I didn't want you to come back to Earth. I wanted you to make love with me.

[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

Hayley Mills was considered for lead role but was bypassed for unknown Elizabeth Hartman to cut costs.
Patty Duke was offered the lead part of Selina D'Arcy. Her managers, John and Ethel Ross, did not want her to take the part because they felt that playing a blind person so close to the time she portrayed Helen Keller would stereotype her for future roles.
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.
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