For Love of Ivy (1968) - Rotten Tomatoes

For Love of Ivy (1968)




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Jack Parks (Sidney Poitier) is a drifting gambler who runs a floating crap game from the back of a truck. Ivy Moore (Abby Lincoln) is the maid for the Austin family who is being driven crazy by her employers, in particular the mother Gena (Lauri Peters). Jack is approached by the two teenage Austin children (Beau Bridges and Nan Martin), who try to play Cupid and bring Ivy together with the life long bachelor. The two kids dearly love Ivy and hope that a romance will keep her in the family's employment. Carol O'Conner plays the role of their father. Ivy and Jack, although from very different backgrounds, manage to hit it off just fine and contemplate marriage in this light romantic comedy. The story comes from Poitier, with the screenplay by Robert Alan Aurthur. Soundtrack provided by Quincy Jones.


Sidney Poitier
as Jack Parks
Abbey Lincoln
as Ivy Moore
Beau Bridges
as Tim Austin
Carroll O'Connor
as Frank Austin
Nan Martin
as Doris Austin
Lauri Peters
as Gena Austin
Leon Bibb
as Billy Talbot
Hugh Hurd
as Jerry
Tony Major
as Dealer
Bob Carey
as Dealer
Marlene Clark
as Radio Phone Girl
Laura Greene
as Radio Phone Girl
Lani Miyazaki
as Radio Phone Girl
Lisa Moore
as Cocktail Waitress
Gloria Henry
as Cocktail Waitress
Yolande Toussaint
as Cocktail Waitress
Gina Harding
as Cocktail Waitress
Willis Pinkett
as Bartender
Josip Elic
as Off-Broadway Family Member
Cordy Clark
as Off-Broadway Family Member
Hope Stansbury
as Off-Broadway Family Member
Robert Miller
as Off-Broadway Family Member
Nobuko Uenishi
as Japanese Waitress
Kyoko Morii
as Japanese Waitress
Kedaki Turner
as Japanese Waitress
Madge West
as Mrs. Vidal
Anita Dangler
as Mrs. Kling
Peter Dohanos
as Dr. Morgan
John Servetnik
as Shipping Clerk
Elliot Wood
as Milkman
William Glenesk
as Off-Broadway Family Member
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Critic Reviews for For Love of Ivy

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

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.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

What's most irritating is having to watch two first-rate performers waddle around in the prose of this white perspective.

August 26, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It's an equal opportunity offender: supporting both white and black bourgeois dreams.

January 15, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

This mediocre comedy, starring Poitier, became better known for its Oscar nominated song.

July 25, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Poitier love story has not aged well.

October 25, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

...Poitier's always a pleasure to watch, even when the story surrounding him isn't exactly captivating.

January 22, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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