A Patch of Blue

Synopsis: Accidentally blinded by her prostitute mother Rose-Ann at the age of five, Selina D'Arcey spends the next 13 years confined in the tiny Los Angeles apartment that they share with "Ole Pa", Selina's grandfather. One afternoon at the local park, Selina meets Gordon Ralfe, a thoughtful young office worker whose kind-hearted treatment of her results in her falling in love with him, unaware that he is black. They continue to meet in the park every afternoon and he teaches her how to get along in the city. But when the cruel, domineering Rose-Ann learns of their relationship, she forbids her to have anything more to do with him because he is black. Selina continues to meet Gordon despite Rose-Ann's fury, who is determined to end the relationship for good.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Guy Green
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Hi, Rose-Ann. It can't be that late.

You're early.

Early? I feel like I've been standing

on my feet for a week.

Cleaning up after a bunch of slobs!

Hey, what you been up to?

Where's my supper?

- I'm just gonna get it.

- "I'm just gonna get it," what?

- I'm just gonna get it, Rose-Ann.

- That's better!

I can't have some proper respect

in my own home!

- Who's been guzzling my gin?

- I don't know, Rose-Ann.

I know there was a slug or two

in the bottom of this.

The old bum! When he gets home,

I'm gonna pin his ugly ears back!

Why did you have to leave

that thing there?

And they're all loose!

Why ain't they been strung together?

Answer me!

Or would you like a slug in the puss?

Quiet, bigmouth!

Button it up for once in your life!

You no-good drunk,

you've been guzzling my gin again.

Get lost!

For crying out loud!

Could have broken my lousy neck.

- How did all that junk get on the floor?

- Ask her! Ask Lady Selina!

Come on, now! No dinner ready?

No beads strung? What's with you?

I'm sorry.

I went out today, and the time...

- You went out! Where?

- Just in the park.

The park? How in the hell

did you get yourself to the park?

Mr. Faber took me

after he come with the beads.

Faber? He's got a nerve!

Wasn't his idea.

I've been at him for ages.

You've been scheming behind my back?

Listen, you get any more big ideas

like that, and you tell me about them!

You understand?

I'm sorry, Rose-Ann.

I didn't think you'd mind.

Well, I do. I do mind, see?

- Did you see my specs anywheres?

- No, Ole Pa.


- Rose-Ann?

- What?

If I promise to get all my work done

on time, couldn't I go again tomorrow?

Who do you think here has got time

to take you to the park?

- Old Faber don't come tomorrow.

- You could take me, Ole Pa.

- No, he can't. You ain't going.

- Please! What you got against it?

It sticks out a mile!

When will you do your beads?

I'll take them.

I'll work double-quick in the park.

If I don't do twice as much work,

I'll give up the idea. I promise.

Says you!

When will you do your work here?

I'll get up earlier

and stay up longer.

I want my supper on time,

like I'm used to.

Do you good to skip supper

once in a while, blubber belly!

- Old beer belly talking about blubber.

- Only one thing messing up your idea...

...and it ain't fatso's supper.

- What, then?

- Nobody to bring you home.

- You could. I can wait!

Many a time, I'm not on my way

until it's good and dark.

Is that all? Dark's nothing to me.

I'm always in the dark.

How about that.

So you are.

You hear that, Rose-Ann?

With her face,

I wouldn't parade around the street.

What's wrong with my face?

- Lf you could see, you'd know.

- It ain't true.

- Is there something wrong with my face?

- No. Pay no attention to her.

Her face is a mess! Now, come on,

get moving with the supper.

I got a heavy night in front of me.

And would you clean up those beads?

Forget about the park, Selina.

You got a nice, quiet life here.

No problems. Where's my purse?

Have supper on time tonight.

And as for you, try and get home

sober for once, pig face!

Go jump in the lake.

Ole Pa?

Does this look better, Ole Pa?

Will you take me if I wear this?


Get some clothes on you, then,

and take that God-awful hat off.

You don't want none

of Rose-Ann's trappings.

You sure, Ole Pa?

I mean, if my face is so bad?

It ain't bad. It's just your eyes.

It's only that people are so nosy.

When you was a kid,

they was always at it.

"Poor little girl," they'd say.

"What happened?"

Rose-Ann used to get so mad.

Well, come on. Get a move on.

I ain't got all day!

Thank you, Ole Pa.

Thank you for being nice to me.

- Can't do this every day.

- No, just sometimes.

- It feels good, the grass.

- Come on.

Mr. Faber said it was green.

What's green like?

Green is green, stupid.

Same as the trees.

I wish I knew green. I can remember

blue. The sky's blue, ain't it?

Yeah, sometimes.

Here you are.

Now, you sit here by this tree.

And you stay put, see!


Thanks again, Ole Pa.

And, Ole Pa, my face?

You're sure it's not too bad?

Ole Pa?

What is it?

May I help you?

Who's that?

You seem to have a problem.

Anything I can do?

There's a crawly thing down my back,

and I can't reach it.

I got it.

All right, all right.

It's a...

It's a caterpillar.

And he seems just as frightened

as you are.

- Thank you, sir.

- It's all right.

Holy mackerel, my beads!

I'm sorry.

- I'll never find them in all this.

- Here, let me.

- Sure is kind of you to help, sir.

- Nonsense. It was my fault.

- What do you do with them?

- String them.

That's clever.

Do you ever make mistakes?

Mistakes? Even a fool

couldn't make mistakes with this.

So easy, even a blind girl

could do them, right?

- Yeah, that's right.

- Never seen you here before.

I only been once before.

Do you come here much?

- Nearly every day.

- Are you out of a job, then?

No, I work. Nights.

But I live around here.

There. Every bead back in the box.

- Thank you, sir.

- Well, I hope we found them all.

So long.

You must be very tall.

- Your voice sounds tall.

- About 6 feet and a bit.

Excuse me,

is that very much taller than me?

Well, let's see.

I'd say you're about...

...5 feet 4 inches or so.

Which would make me

about 9 or 10 inches taller than you.

- Any more questions before I go?

- Sorry, I don't usually talk so much.

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Elizabeth Kata

Elizabeth Colina Katayama (née McDonald; 9 October 1912 – 4 September 1998) was an Australian writer under the pseudonym Elizabeth Kata, best known for Be Ready with Bells and Drums (1961), which was made into the award-winning film A Patch of Blue (1965).She was born of Scottish parents in Sydney in 1912. After marrying the Japanese pianist Shinshiro Katayama in 1937, she lived for ten years in Japan. During the last years of World War II she was interned at the mountain resort village of Karuizawa, Nagano. She returned to Australia in 1947 with her baby son, battling the Australian Government for permission. As well as writing novels, she also wrote for television and several Hollywood scripts. Her first novel, Be Ready with Bells and Drums (written in 1959, first published in 1961), was produced as the film A Patch of Blue (1965). Shelley Winters playing the role of Rose-Ann D'Arcey won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Guy Green, who directed, also adapted Kata's book and his screenplay was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award. After the success of the film, the novel was re-released as A Patch of Blue. The book was for many years included in the "school book list" both in the US and Australia. The book Mrs Katayama and Her Splash of Blue (2010, Independence Jones), covers how Elizabeth Kata's first book became the film A Patch of Blue. Elizabeth Katayama died in Sydney in 1998. more…

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