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When it was released in 1968, For Love of Ivy was the first mainstream Hollywood film to depict a mature romantic relationship between a black man and woman. Sidney Poitier stars as Jack Parks, a trucking executive who runs an illegal travelling casino out of one of his vehicles. Abbey Lincoln co-stars as Ivy Moore, the much-valued maid of the white Austin household. To make sure that Ivy won't quit her job, Frank Austin (Carroll O'Connor) blackmails Poitier into romancing her. He eventually falls in love with Ivy for real, but not before she's discovered that he's little more than a "hired hand" in affairs of the heart. Beau Bridges costars as amiable hippie Tim Austin, the only truly likeable member of his snooty, upper-crust clan. Robert Alan Aurthur based his screenplay on an original story by star Sidney Poiter.

  1. Daniel Mann

    Director

  2. Robert Alan Aurthur

    Screenplay

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  1. Sidney Poitier

    Sidney Poitier

    Jack Parks

  2. Abbey Lincoln

    Abbey Lincoln

    Ivy Moore

  3. Beau Bridges

    Beau Bridges

    Tim Austin

  4. Nan Martin

    Nan Martin

    Doris Austin

  5. Lauri Peters

    Lauri Peters

    Gena Austin

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For Love of Ivy
For Love of Ivy

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  • July 17, 1968
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 41m

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