A Patch of Blue

Sidney Poitier’s films of the 1950s and ’60s almost always put a statement about race in the forefront, and even when the message was obvious, his work as ambassador across the race divide made a big difference. This sweet tale of a possible romance across social barriers came at a time when interracial pairing was still illegal in some states. Poitier is his sweet self, but the film was stolen by young Elizabeth Hartman, a major talent with a tragic life story.

A Patch of Blue


Warner Archive Collection

1965 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date June, 2019 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford, Ivan Dixon, Elisabeth Fraser, John Qualen.

Cinematography: Robert Burks

Film Editor: Rita Roland

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

From the novel Be Ready With Bells and Drums by Elizabeth Kata

Produced by Pandro S. Berman

Written and Directed by
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