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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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My Side of the Sky
Lyrics and Vocal by Cashman, Pistilli & West
Music by Quincy Jones
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Substantial, Classy and Engaging
31 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Over all I enjoyed this film, although it initially took a little getting into because in the earliest scenes the dialogue came across as forced and awkward. But that seemed less of a problem as the movie progressed, with some quite sharp dialogue appearing, riveting central performances from Poitier and Lincoln, unexpected plot twists, and an intriguing tale unfolding.

I soon found I really cared about what happened to the characters, most especially the two leads. Poitier and Lincoln created absorbing, fully-rounded and intriguing characterisations, and the on-screen chemistry was sizzling.

The pacing and the manner of the storytelling at times felt to me almost like a cross between an Indie film and French cinema. An interesting, resonant, and visually engaging film. One I look forward to watching again someday.


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