They started talking and they became friends, they met everyday at the park and started to know each other. We know she's pure in heart because she's blind. And, I couldn't care less about Oh Mr. I have loved Sydney Poitier ever since as an actor. And for those who know me, will know that although I read a lot of books there are very very few that I actually like What I liked best about this novel is the structure and imagery of the story and the over exaggerated character interactions in various parts actually help create the imagery in our heads. One thing I really liked was that many of her thoughts are what women think or would think in her situation.
Younger people did not understand the book, or the movie. Yet, Gordon brings out the best in her and helps her to see what she's worth despite the consequences. I just had to watch it. If you don't cry in this movie you have no heart. A Patch of Blue is a book about a blind girl named Salina whos eyes were burned by acid accidently during a fight between her mother and father.
I am so effing mad right now! Photo Courtesy of In my personal opinion, while I very much think that Sidney deserved the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field , I also very much think he should have won for his role as Gordon Ralfe; yet, he wasn't even nominated for Best Actor. A great character study of a young blind girl being raised by her abusive mother and alcoholic grandfather in the 1960's and how one man can make a difference in the life of someone else. It did not hold my interest at all, and I did not appreciate the way my freshman english teacher shoved it down my throat. It didn't end the way I expected it to end, and I was disappointed, but then later, when I had time to think, I realized that it was the perfect ending to a perfect film. She grows up and finds love in Gordon, an up and coming young doctor.
Cast: , , , , , , Director: Genres: Production Co: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Keywords: , , , , , , ,. It does not say for sure but there is alot of open racism so I am guessing it is in the time when blacks were hated. My heart goes out to the main character, Selina. It is, simply put, a joy to watch them perform together. Selina continues to meet Gordon despite Rose-Ann's fury, who is determined to end the relationship for good. Every word was digested by force.
I'm not knocking Lee Marvin for Cat Ballou, I can't because I've never seen it, but I think that by not even nominating Poitier was one of the biggest slights ever made by the Academy. Though now I can't remember if she was actually the mother or aunt. Shelley Winters is quoted of saying that she hated playing Rose-Ann. I never seem to get to see movies these days that could match those of yester years. However, once Selina's insensitive and abusive mother, Rose-Ann Shelley Winters , finds out about Gordon, she becomes determined to keep the couple apart.
Selena continues to meet Gordon despite Rose-Ann's fury, who is determined to end the relationship for good. The grandfather who is named as Ol'pa is a tired old man that drinks all of the time. The heartbreaking film stars Sidney Poitier and Elizabeth Hartman and Shelley Winters as Selina's horrific mother, Rose-Ann D'Arcey. If any book should be sold without a cover image and blurb, it's this one. And the big revelation about Gordon is telegraphed so unrelentingly that you'd have to be as stupid as the prostitute mother not to see it coming almost as soon as the character shows up. The last sight Selina remembers is the color blue.
While reading it, I could see Sydney as if it was yesterday; that endearing half smile, the feeling emanating from his eyes. It did not hold my interest at all, and I did not appreciate the way my freshman english teacher shoved it down my throat. Howie slapped that book down on my desk and told me to start reading. There is just something about a person that has to endure a filthy lifestyle and is forced to play a part they never wanted or asked for that just gets to me. With its stirring story of interracial love, this thoughtful film fittingly reflects the civil rights movement of the era.
Davis, Urie McCleary Cast: Sidney Poitier Gordon Ralfe , Shelley Winters Rose-Ann D'Arcey , Elizabeth Hartman Selina D'arcey , Wallace Ford Ole Pa , Ivan Dixon Mark Ralfe , Elisabeth Fraser Sadie , John Qualen Mr. She lives a really crummy life. It is pure and unadulterated emotion building, beautifully told story of an innocent blind white girl, victim of a poverty stricken family who have survived in the only ways they know with prostitution and alcoholism a by-product. Apparently the acid missed the rest of her face. I had to know what happened.
This novel broke my heart all over again. But slowly it started to grow on me. This was an excellent book. She was born of Scottish parents in Sydney in 1912. As much beauty as there is in A Patch of Blue there is also an equal amount of pain, hatred. As a snapshot from the past, it acted as a place to begin building awareness of how much progress has occurred since the Civil Rights Movement, both in individual understanding and societal acceptance.
Why, why and oh why? After the success of the film, the novel was re-released as A Patch of Blue. But she's untouched by all the sordid reality of her life. But my 'research' into this book ie. Shelley Winters, who played Elizabeth Hartman's mother, Rose-Ann, is one of the most despicable human beings ever to be portrayed on screen. Sleena is falling in love with Gordon even though she can not see how he looks like or anything. But she still can remember what some things look like. As well as writing novels, she also wrote for television and several Hollywood scripts.