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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:
Tracy Camilla Johns ...
Tommy Redmond Hicks ...
Jamie Overstreet
John Canada Terrell ...
Greer Childs (as John Terrell)
Raye Dowell ...
Opal Gilstrap
Clorinda Bradford
Doctor Jamison (as Epatha Merkinson)
Sonny Darling
Cheryl Burr ...
Aaron Dugger ...
Stephanie Covington ...
Renata Cobbs ...
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)


$7,137,502 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Martin Scorsese taught Spike Lee film directing in NYU. She's Gotta Have It (1986) was filmed entirely in black and white except for one scene in color. Raging Bull (1980) was also filmed entirely in black and white except for one scene in color. See more »


Greer Childs: If you weren't fine, I wouldn't even bother with you.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) See more »

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Spike Lee's beginnings.
20 March 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – 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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