Legendary Hollywood leading man Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field, The Wilby Conspiracy) and Broadway sensation Abbey Lincoln (Nothing But a Man) sizzle in this hip, bold, stylish and sexy romance. Boasting an all-star supporting cast, including Beau Bridges (The Landlord) and Carroll O’Connor (All in the Family) – and a jazzy musical score by the incomparable Quincy Jones (They Call Me Mister Tibbs!) – For Love of Ivy is a one-of-a-kind love story and irresistible romantic comedy. When high-rolling hustler Jack Parks (Poitier) is blackmailed into seducing a client’s naive young housekeeper, love is the last thing on his mind. But Jack has never met anyone like Ivy Moore (Lincoln)… and as he begins to fall for her, she discovers the truth about the player. Directed by veteran filmmaker Daniel Mann (Butterfield 8, Our Man Flint).
As embodied by Alan Bates, Butley falls back on the surgically precise wit and savage eloquence that helped put him in his current circumstances in the first place. The blitzkrieg of vitriolic commentary with which Butley engages lovers, students, rivals, and allies, all with equal ferocity, becomes a glass bottom boat illuminating the churning depths of his bankrupted soul. Acclaimed playwright Harold Pinter, in what Time Magazine hailed as “a quite superior directorial debut,” turns author Simon Gray’s single-set, dialogue driven stage play into an irresistible dynamic visual experience that tracks Bates’ hilarious and fearless performance with cunning precision.
Bates and an expert supporting cast, including OscarÃ‚Â® winner Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy), joust with a sly, self-referencing wit and an unselfconscious exuberance that is breathtaking. With every verbal parry and valedictory flourish of wordplay, Butley’s life becomes more of an inescapable bear trap of thwarted ambition, clandestine affection, and squandered brilliance.