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She's Gotta Have It (1986)

Story of a woman and her three lovers.

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Tommy Redmond Hicks ...
Jamie Overstreet
John Canada Terrell ...
Greer Childs (as John Terrell)
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Raye Dowell ...
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Clorinda Bradford
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Doctor Jamison (as Epatha Merkinson)
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Sonny Darling
Cheryl Burr ...
Ava
Aaron Dugger ...
Noble
Stephanie Covington ...
Keva
Renata Cobbs ...
Shawn
Cheryl D. Singleton ...
Toby (as Cheryl Singleton)
Monty Ross ...
Dog 1
Tiziano Cortini ...
Dog 2 (as Lewis Jordan)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

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8 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$175,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,137,502 (USA)
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Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997. See more »

Quotes

Nola Darling: It's really about control, my body, my mind. Who was going to own it? Them? Or me? I'm not a one-man woman. Bottom line.
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"There are no jericurls and no drugs in this movie!" See more »

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Featured in Edge of Outside (2006) See more »

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Excellent Introduction to the Incomparable Spike Lee!!
25 February 2008 | by (San Francisco CA USA) – See all my reviews

When reviewing all of Spike's work, this is hands down, probably my all-time favorite. This project introduced us to the incomparable Mars Blackman, Spike's oh so charming alter ego. "She's Gotta Have It" is a wonderful treatise on the art of love and war from interesting perspectives. On top of that, it is quite hilarious.

It is a refreshing look at a black woman who insists on taking control of her sexuality rather than allowing it to be defined by men. There are general male observations, general female observations, and specific cultural outlooks on the art of love and war from an African-American perspective.

Tracy Camilla Johns, beautifully portraying the wonderfully developed character, Nola Darling, is perfectly cast as the independent black woman who, in her quest to be sexually independent, realizes this is an uphill journey when dealing with men who still have traditional ideas about women and their roles. She was actively dating more than one man simply because she had adapted the attitude that no one man can provide everything she wanted/needed and furthermore, it was terribly unfair to label her promiscuous for doing so. Interestingly enough, Nola also found that her own reactions when coming up against the same attitude in men, were amazingly traditional.

This was a very well-written statement on the ups and downs of love. It also introduces us to Law & Order's Divine Epatha Merkerson in a short but pivotal role as a sex therapist.

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeexcellent movie!!!


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