A Patch of Blue – 1965 – English
Film directed by Guy Green, and starring Elizabeth Hartman, Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, Ivan Dixon, Elisabeth Fraser, John Qualen, Kelly Flynn, Debi Storm, Renata Vanni, Saverio LoMedico…
Synopsis: Accidentally blinded by her prostitute mother Rose-Ann at the age of five, Selina D’Arcey spends the next thirteen years confined in the tiny Los Angeles apartment that they share with “Ole Pa”, Selina’s grandfather.
One afternoon at the local park, Selina meets Gordon Ralfe, a thoughtful young office worker whose kind-hearted treatment of her results in her falling in love with him, unaware that he is black. They continue to meet in the park every afternoon and he teaches her how to get along in the city. But when the cruel, domineering Rose-Ann learns of their relationship, she forbids her to have anything more to do with him because he is black. Selina continues to meet Gordon despite Rose-Ann’s fury, who is determined to end the relationship for good.
Review: I love this movie so much. I bought the DVD and I can’t seem to stop watching it. The acting by the superb cast and the plot is what makes this movie stand out from many other good movies. Guy Green did an awesome job picking the cast.
Sidney Poitier does a great job as Gordon Ralfe. An African-American business man who lives with his brother, Mark and tries to live an ordinary life. He is also a compassionate man who has a giving heart and doesn’t judge everyone.
I think Elizabeth Hartman’s performance is what makes me want to keep watching it over and over again. Hartman plays soft spoken Selina D’Arcy. Accidentally blinded as a child, Selina learns how to deal with life despite having not been taught very much. Selina only knows how to do the house chores and is used to the constant abuse by her mother and grandfather which whom she lives with. Selina is as fragile and naive as a small child. Although blind, Selina doesn’t let that get in the way. Visits to the park and her small job of beading necklaces are how she and Gordon(Poitier)actually meet. Hartman’s performance is the rare gem of it all.
I didn’t really like Shelly Winters in this role. But because she played it so well….I can say that I liked it. Winters plays Rose-Ann D’Arcy, a middle aged, foul mouthed prostitute who’s also Selina’s mother. It is her fault that Selina is blind. Her fault that Selina was raped and her fault that life is the way it is for Selina. But Rose-Ann doesn’t care about anyone but herself. She bad mouths her own father and physically abuses Selina. She has a short temper and makes money the best way she knows how. She apparently makes life a living hell for almost everyone.
The love Selina has for Gordon is as pure and heart warming as true love can get. I don’t normally like romance movies but this movie is far from that. It’s a story of the love two people from different worlds have for each other and let nothing get in the way. I love it!!!