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      For Love of Ivy

      G Released Jul 17, 1968 1h 41m Romance Comedy List
      43% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 52% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Two Long Island teens force a roving gambler (Sidney Poitier) to date their maid (Abbey Lincoln), to keep her from quitting. Read More Read Less

      Critics Reviews

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times For Love of Ivy is a warm and delightful comedy. It isn't exactly a masterpiece, but it is well made and I enjoyed it. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Jas Keimig The Stranger (Seattle, WA) For Love of Ivy is self-possessed in a way I didn't expect it to be. Jan 21, 2022 Full Review Nicholas Bell What's most irritating is having to watch two first-rate performers waddle around in the prose of this white perspective. Rated: 2.5/5 Aug 26, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's an equal opportunity offender: supporting both white and black bourgeois dreams. Rated: C Jan 15, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com This mediocre comedy, starring Poitier, became better known for its Oscar nominated song. Rated: C Jul 25, 2005 Full Review Steve Crum Kansas City Kansan Poitier love story has not aged well. Rated: 3/5 Oct 25, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

      Audience Reviews

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      steve d the cast is fun but the script is nothing special. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Adorable, serious Black Real Romance and Beau Bridges is BRILLIANT Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I really enjoyed this movie,a nice like you I love you story. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Sydney Poitier plays this entreprenuer with a little extra gambling action on the side. One of his clients is a family who has a maid that gave her notice so she can better herself. The family's son and daughter make Sidney Poitier go out with her in order for her to stay with them, but as all things do, it hit the fan. Nice score by the late Shirley Horn(What Ivy Wants); Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member I took it in as more of a campaign than a film ... strangely enough. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member I 've seen this movie at least a hundred times, and it never seems to bore me. I love the interaction between the characters, Ivy(Abby Lincoln) and Jack (Sidney Poitier). Oddly enough during the filming of this movie, sparks were flying between these two, so much so that Mr. Poitier proposed to Ms. Lincoln after the film was finished. They lived together for a while, then for one reason or another separated for while. Entered Ms. Diane Carroll who came on the scene and that was as we say was the end of any hope of reconcilliation between Lincoln and Poitier. Sidney and Diane did a broadway play of Porky and Bess which was later put on film and directed by Otto Priminger. The Leading role of Bess was played by none other then Dorthy Dandridge...who Sidney also fell in love with, but to his own failings, because of the more than hot and torrid affair between Dandridge and Priminger whom she bore a child for. The couple never married, due to the racial climate of the times, but their child was born with a rare disease and required to be institutionalized for some time. After Dandridge 's death, Priminger collected his daughter from the institution and move back to Germany, where he and she lived until his death. Oddly enough he said how much she remined him of Dorothy, in that she looked exactly like her mother. No one ever heard anything of her again. I love Sidney Poitier as an actor, I have several of his films...Blackboard Jungle, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, A Patch of Blue, To Sir with Love, The Jackal, Buck and the Preacher, The Long Ships, A Raisin in the Sun, They Call Me Mr. Tibbs, A Piece of the Action, Uptown Saturday Night, Lillies of the Field, In the Heat of the Night, Pressure Point, No Way Out, Sneakers, The Definant Ones, The Bedford Incident, The Mark of the Hawk, The Organization, The Wilby Conspirarcy, The Secret Life of Noah Dearborn, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and last but not least The Last Brickmaker in America. Yeah....I guess you couild say that I'm a Sidney Poitier fan...Gotta Love Him. If any of you get the chance please rent some of these vintage films you will not be disappointed in any of them. They are true treasures and eventhough most of the supporting actors/actresses or no longer with us...this was truly an era of great film noir. Enjoy! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Two Long Island teens force a roving gambler (Sidney Poitier) to date their maid (Abbey Lincoln), to keep her from quitting.
      Daniel Mann
      Cinerama Releasing Corporation [us]
      Romance, Comedy
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 17, 1968, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jan 20, 2004
      1h 41m