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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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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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Sound Mix:

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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Connections

Referenced in The Projectionist (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

For Love of Ivy
Vocal by Shirley Horn
Lyrics by Bob Russell
Music by Quincy Jones
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Very charming and Sidney is really sexy
31 August 2006 | by shoolaroonSee all my reviews

I caught this last night on Turner and while this is a slight little movie, I found it quite charming, mainly in the developing relationship between the smooth, elegant, slightly dangerous Poitier and the sweet and yet sassy Ms. Lincoln. They're a good match together, and I love the very romantic seduction scene with that great Quincy Jones music playing in the background. From what I've seen of Sidney Poitier he usually plays a somewhat angry young man who's fighting the system in some way. Well, here he just gets to play a smooth hustler, and man is he sexy!!! Wish he'd made more light romantic films like this.

As for the rest of the cast - well, the plot serves them poorly. The white family come across as well meaning stooges, and the hippie look is really dated on Beau Bridges. But it's kind of the equivalent of one of those Rock Hudson/Doris Day movies with a bit more of an edge and a little bit of a conscience. Well worth watching when it comes around again.


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