A Patch of Blue (10-Dec-1965)|
Director: Guy Green
Writer: Guy Green
From novel: Be Ready With Bells and Drums by Elizabeth Kata
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Producer: Pandro S. Berman
Keywords: Drama, Blindness
A blind girl treated shabbily all her life is befriended by a smart, young professional black man. Those around her object to the miscegenous relationship, most particularly her racist mother. Excellent performances from everyone; the sophisticated film succeeds on all levels.
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Review by lisbon2001 (posted on 3-Mar-2005)
Touching glimpse into humanity. Proper care and attention are given to all aspects of the film. Nothing is overdone. Subtle and beautiful. The relationship between Poitier and Hartman is developed with great sensitivity. Reminded me of another film of the same era -- Sundays and Cybele. A must see for anyone.
Review by anonymous (posted on 9-Jul-2006)
I remember watching this film for
the first time as a small child in the evening. To this day I shan't
forget that frightening scene whereby the bottle of what I believe to
be peroxide was thrown hitting the little girl in the face and causing
her blindness. The movie tells of what true dysfunctional humanity is
and the courage it takes to overcome the societal handicaps that are
often encountered in real life. It is a movie that portrays innocence
and the need to experience unconditional love. It's a film that
accurately explains that the feeling of love doesn't need to
distinguish colours in order to be seen. The blind white girl becomes a
woman who is treated not much more than a slave to her white mother.
Mr. Portier character is treated little more than a free blackman in an
ethnocentric world. Throughout the film there seems to be a sexual
tension between the young white blind woman and the slightly older
blackman throughout the film. The film doesn't progress in that
direction. A certain taboo for the era. What does progress is Mr.
Portier's character has a genuine empathy for the young white blind
woman to see that she is given the chance to reach her full potential
by attending a special school even at the risk of him taking her
himself. The cover, which the blackman was safe to show his innate
kindness, was the womanâ€™s blindness. Ms. Winters, in her day, was a
very sexy looking woman. She played the mother in this film
wonderfully. Her characterâ€™s prejudice is most apparent when she
realises that the companion her blind daughter is taken about in the
park is a blackman. I was saddened to learn of her passing this year.
She will be missed.
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