A Patch of Blue
First screened in May 2000 / Most recently screened in March 2016
Director: Guy Green. Cast: Elizabeth Hartman, Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, Ivan Dixon, Elisabeth Fraser, Debi Storm, John Qualen, Kelly Flynn, Saverio LoMedico, Renata Vanni. Screenplay: Guy Green (based on the novel Be Ready with Bells and Drums by Elizabeth Kata).

Twitter Capsule: Script epitomizes bad-taste contrivance. Everyone tries, but underplaying can't fix it and overstatements abound.

VOR:   For better or worse, a significant hit. Unreliable as a record of midcentury racial dynamics or experiences of disability, but notable as an errant stab. Interesting brother relationship.

Photo © 1965 Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: D+

(in May 2000: C+)

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Actress: Elizabeth Hartman
Best Supporting Actress: Shelley Winters
Best Cinematography (Black & White): Robert Burks
Best Art Direction: George W. Davis and Urie McCleary; Henry Grace and Charles S. Thompson
Best Original Score: Jerry Goldsmith

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: Guy Green
Best Actress (Drama): Elizabeth Hartman
Best Actor (Drama): Sidney Poitier
Best Screenplay: Guy Green
Most Promising Newcomer (Female): Elizabeth Hartman

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