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She's Gotta Have It (1986)

Story of a woman and her three lovers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Redmond Hicks ...
Jamie Overstreet
John Canada Terrell ...
Greer Childs (as John Terrell)
Raye Dowell ...
Doctor Jamison (as Epatha Merkinson)
Sonny Darling
Cheryl Burr ...
Aaron Dugger ...
Stephanie Covington ...
Renata Cobbs ...
Cheryl D. Singleton ...
Toby (as Cheryl Singleton)
Monty Ross ...
Dog 1
Tiziano Cortini ...
Dog 2 (as Lewis Jordan)


The story of Nola Darling's simultaneous sexual relationships with three different men is told by her and by her partners and other friends. All three men wanted her to commit solely to them; Nola resists being "owned" by a single partner. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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A Seriously Sexy Comedy


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Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nola Darling  »


Box Office


$175,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,473, 10 August 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?: Spike Lee (2010), Spike Lee said he couldn't come up with a name for his character. He called his maternal grandmother, and she gave him the name. Mars was actually the name of her grandfather, Lee's great-great-grandfather. See more »


Mars Blackmon: [begging Nola not to dump him] Please baby, pleasebaby, please baby, baby baby please!
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Crazy Credits

"There are no jericurls and no drugs in this movie!" See more »


Referenced in My Big Fat Independent Movie (2005) See more »

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Spike Lee's beginnings.
20 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

The world was introduced to Spike Lee with "She's Gotta Have It", about one Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) and her three lovers (Lee plays one of them). Everyone in the movie has their own kinds of shortcomings, but they're all honest people, all trying to make their way in the world. Spike Lee was clearly showing the talent that he would bring to his later movies.

I should remind you that this is not a movie for people with short attention spans. Most of it is very low-key, involving a lot of dialog. But it's a very impressive flick at that. Maybe this is mainly a flick for film buffs, but I recommend it to everyone.

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