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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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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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Referenced in The Projectionist (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

You Put It on Me
Vocal by B.B. King
Lyrics by Maya Angelou
Music by Quincy Jones
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Enjoyable Family Fare!
3 May 2005 | by gwitherspoonSee all my reviews

I wish they were still making movies like this. The dialog is dated and so is the reaction to the son's marriage proposal to Ivy, but I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Sidney and Abbey made "acting" look like art. Abbey Lincoln exuded elegance, poise, common sense and a good sense of humor. Sidney is always classy in whatever role he portrays.

I liked the Austin family too. They seemed to genuinely care about their housekeeper and seemed ahead of their time in terms of their views on race and class. They really meant well even when they said the wrong thing to Ivy, and didn't seem to realize that she wanted a better life for herself, a home of her own and a family of her own just as they did. Why should she be their "maid" until she died and be satisfied with that? Ivy wanted to pursue American Dream just like all of us do. Even the son who really seemed to care about her was selfish and wanted to trick her into staying under the guise of having her best interests at heart.


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