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Elizabeth Hartman is restrained by Sidney Poitier as Shelley Winters clutches his arm.
Elizabeth Hartman is restrained by Sidney Poitier as Shelley Winters clutches his arm.

Thumbnail for A Patch of Blue (1965) A Patch of Blue (1965)

Basics Rusty:83
Category: Drama, RomanceNotable as: DramaSub-Category: Black-and-white, Film adaptation, Romance Film, DramaMain subject: dysfunctional familyNarrative location: New York City, Los AngelesRuntime: 105 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Guy GreenScreenwriter: Guy GreenBased on: Elizabeth KataMusic: Jerry GoldsmithCinematography: Robert BurksStars: Elizabeth Hartman, Sidney Poitier, John Qualen, Shelley Winters, Ivan Dixon, Elisabeth Fraser, Wallace Ford, Gregg MartellProducer: Pandro S. BermanAwards won: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Shelley Winters)Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actress (Elizabeth Hartman)
Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Robert Burks)
Academy Award for Best Original Score (Jerry Goldsmith)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

A Patch of Blue is a 1965 American drama film directed by Guy Green about the relationship between a black man, Gordon, and a blind white female teenager, Selina, and the problems that plague their relationship when they fall in love in a racially divided America. Made in 1965 against the backdrop of the growing civil rights movement, the film explores racism from the perspective of "love is blind." Shelley Winters won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, her second win for the award, following her victory in 1959 for The Diary of Anne Frank. It was also the final screen appearance for veteran actor Wallace Ford. Scenes of Poitier and Hartman kissing were excised from the film when it was shown in film theaters in the Southern United States. These scenes are intact in the DVD version. According to the DVD audio commentary, it was the decision of director Guy Green that A Patch of Blue be filmed in black-and-white, although color was available. In the 1990s, Turner Entertainment Co. colorized the movie for broadcast on the Turner-owned cable station TNT. The colorized version was not released on VHS or DVD, and has not been shown since shortly after its initial broadcasts.

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