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For Love of Ivy (1968)

Upon learning their maid will be leaving to earn an education, the son of the family decides to set her up with a man.

Director:

Daniel Mann

Writers:

Robert Alan Aurthur (screenplay), Sidney Poitier (original story)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Poitier ... Jack Parks
Abbey Lincoln ... Ivy Moore
Beau Bridges ... Tim Austin
Nan Martin ... Doris Austin
Lauri Peters ... Gena Austin
Carroll O'Connor ... Frank Austin
Leon Bibb Leon Bibb ... Billy Talbot
Hugh Hurd Hugh Hurd ... Jerry
Lon Satton ... Harry
Stanley Greene Stanley Greene ... Eddie
Paul Harris ... Dealer
Tony Major Tony Major ... Dealer
Clark Morgan Clark Morgan ... Dealer
Christopher St. John ... Dealer
Bob Carey Bob Carey ... Dealer
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

17 July 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liebling See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Jennifer O'Neill. See more »

Quotes

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 Maya Angelou and Still I Rise (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

For Love of Ivy
Vocal by Shirley Horn
Lyrics by Bob Russell
Music by Quincy Jones
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For Love of Sidney
9 June 2000 | by harry-76See 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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