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For Love of Ivy (1968)

A white family has had the same black maid for many years. When she tells them she wants to go back to school and will be leaving soon, the 20ish year old son decides what she needs is a ... See full summary »

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Jack Parks
Abbey Lincoln ...
Ivy Moore
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Doris Austin
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Gena Austin
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Frank Austin
Leon Bibb ...
Billy Talbot
Hugh Hurd ...
Jerry
Lon Satton ...
Harry
Stanley Greene ...
Eddie
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Tony Major ...
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Clark Morgan ...
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Christopher St. John ...
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Bob Carey ...
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A white family has had the same black maid for many years. When she tells them she wants to go back to school and will be leaving soon, the 20ish year old son decides what she needs is a change and begins searching for a man to wine her, dine her, but who won't marry her thinking that this will turn her aside from her plans. The man he finds doesn't entirely cooperate. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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17 July 1968 (USA)  »

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Liebling  »

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Jack Parks: Looks like you've got a pretty good setup here.
Ivy Moore: Too good. I don't want to die here.
Jack Parks: You've got to die somewhere.
Ivy Moore: Well, isn't it better not to go ignorant and alone?
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Referenced in The Projectionist (1971) See more »

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You Put It on Me
Vocal by B.B. King
Lyrics by Maya Angelou
Music by Quincy Jones
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I appreciate this film although the screenplay is pretty awful.
15 January 2007 | by (NYC, United States) – See all my reviews

I do understand the social importance of this film. It is refreshing to see this period of film-making tell a novel story where the lead characters are black and involved in a romantic plot line. I get it. That being said, the screenplay is over the top and heavy-handed; clubbing us over the head with the sentiment of "See, blacks are cool, suave, and sophisticated." As a result, the plot is flimsy, awkward, and often confusing. We are expected to follow the story without ever really getting to know any of the characters, again with way too much emphasis on the situation. And, sorry to say, the acting is somewhat tragic. A weak performance by the BRILLIANT Poitier and Abbey Lincoln is beautiful but boring and flat. Weird direction also accompanies the players; odd angles and points of view that only distract. Beau Bridges turns in the most interesting performance and does the best he can do with what he is given; specifically the nonsensical monologue he is given at the end of the film. The most interesting thing about the film is that it does give us a peek into the somewhat decadent and experimental social aspects of 60's nightlife. The scene in the club is very intriguing!


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