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For Love of Ivy (1968)

G  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 July 1968 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Parks
Abbey Lincoln ...
Ivy Moore
Doris Austin
Gena Austin
Frank Austin
Leon Bibb ...
Billy Talbot
Hugh Hurd ...
Lon Satton ...
Stanley Greene ...
Paul Harris ...
Tony Major ...
Clark Morgan ...
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Bob Carey ...


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 <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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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 »


My Side of the Sky
Lyrics and Vocal by Cashman, Pistilli & West
Music by Quincy Jones
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For Love of Sidney
9 June 2000 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

America' love affair with Sidney Poitier, which reached its peak in the 60s, resulted in the need for star vehicles for the actor. One such piece was based on a story conceived by Poitier. Called, "For Love of Ivy," it cast the charismatic actor in a role in which he could wear the latest fashions--slickly tailored suits, sweaters, tuxes, and the like. His female costar, Abbey Lincoln likewise dresses in a varied and stylish wardrobe, looking quite pert and attractive.

The two seem to enjoy their little romantic romp in a lightweight domestic comedy, supported by Beau Bridges and Carroll O'Connor. Too bad the script tends to become a bit limp about midpoint, and never quite regains its zip.

The movie plays better in home video format, where one can lounge back and relax in home surroundings, rather than in the more formal setting of the theater. Then the proceedings become a bit sluggish, it helps to be comfortable. Still, it's fun watching these attractive performers engage in their comedic entanglements, in a brightly designed production, and to a Quincy Jones score.

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