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Release Date:
8 August 1986 (USA) See more »
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A Seriously Sexy Comedy
Plot:
Story of a woman and her three lovers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent Introduction to the Incomparable Spike Lee!! See more (22 total) »

Cast

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Tracy Camilla Johns ... Nola Darling
Tommy Redmond Hicks ... Jamie Overstreet
John Canada Terrell ... Greer Childs

Spike Lee ... Mars Blackmon
Raye Dowell ... Opal Gilstrap

Joie Lee ... Clorinda Bradford

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Doctor Jamison (as Epatha Merkinson)

Bill Lee ... Sonny Darling
Cheryl Burr ... Ava
Aaron Dugger ... Noble
Stephanie Covington ... Keva
Renata Cobbs ... Shawn
Cheryl Singleton ... Toby
Monty Ross ... Dog 1
Tiziano Cortini ... Dog 2 (as Lewis Jordan)

Erik Dellums ... Dog 3

Reginald Hudlin ... Dog 4 (as Reggie Hudlin)
Eric Payne ... Dog 5
Marcus Turner ... Dog 6
Gerard Brown ... Dog 7

Ernest R. Dickerson ... Dog 8 (as Ernest Dickerson)
Eric Wilkins ... Dog 9

Fab 5 Freddy ... Dog 10 (as Fab Five Freddy Braithwaite)
Scott Sillers ... Dog 11
Geoffrey Garfield ... Dog 12
Kathy Banks ... Receptionist
Steve Nicks ... Soundman
Pamm R. Jackson ... Female Walk On (as Pamm Jackson)
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Directed by
Spike Lee 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Spike Lee 

Produced by
Pamm R. Jackson .... associate producer (as Pamm Jackson)
Spike Lee .... producer (as Shelton J. Lee)
 
Original Music by
Bill Lee 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest R. Dickerson  (as Ernest Dickerson)
 
Film Editing by
Spike Lee 
 
Production Design by
Wynn Thomas 
 
Art Direction by
Ron Paley 
 
Costume Design by
John Michael Reefer 
 
Production Management
Monty Ross .... production supervisor
 
Art Department
Tom Gilmour .... art department assistant
Clarence P. Jones Jr. .... set dresser (as Clarence Jones)
Beth Kuhn .... scenic artist
Naomi Weinstein .... art department assistant
 
Sound Department
Barry Alexander Brown .... sound designer
Robert Cardelli .... sound effects editor (as Bob Cardelli)
Carol Everson .... sound recordist
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Athan Gigakos .... sound mixer (as Athens Giggiakos)
Paul Holzman .... sound recordist
Wayne Koehler .... assistant sound engineer
Alan Mintz .... foley artist
Steve Ning .... sound recordist
Marcus Turner .... boom operator
Walter Willemstad .... adr engineer
Walter Willemstad .... foley engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roderick Giles .... key grip
Ted Heys .... second electric
Michael Hunold .... gaffer (as Mike Hunold)
David Lee .... still photographer
Frank Perl .... first assistant camera
Dean Pollack .... camera loader
Dean Pollack .... second assistant camera
Frank Prinzi .... first assistant camera
Daniel Shulman .... key grip (as Dan Schulman)
Robert D. Tucker .... key grip (as Robert Tucker)
Li-Shin Yu .... first assistant camera (as Li Shin)
 
Music Department
Joe Chambers .... musician: bell tree
Stanley Cowell .... musician: piano, drums percussion and glockenspiel
Virgil Jones .... musician: trumpet and flugelhorn
Bill Lee .... musician: bass
Babatunde Olatunji .... composer: additional music
Vince Traina .... music engineer
Vince Traina .... music mixer
Cedar Walton .... musician: piano
Kenny Washington .... musician: drums
 
Transportation Department
John Monroe .... transportation
 
Other crew
Kathy Banks .... production assistant
James Cheeseman .... piano tuner
Chris David .... production assistant
Geneva Francais .... caterer: The African Brown Bag
Clark Grain .... production assistant
Pamm R. Jackson .... promotions (as Pamm Jackson)
Susan Jacobs .... publicist
Lisa Jones .... production assistant
Loretha C. Jones .... legal services (as Loreatha Jones)
Jay Kessel .... production assistant
Sharon Langley .... production assistant
Cinqué Lee .... production assistant
David Lee .... still photograph montages
Leslie Mentel .... production assistant (as Leslie Mantel)
James Mitchell .... production assistant
Magdalena Mitchell .... key production assistant
John Pierson .... producer's representative
Edward Pryor .... production assistant
Mindy Rodman .... continuity
Mindy Rodman .... script supervisor
Cyril St. Aubyn .... production assistant
Davis Taylor .... production assistant
 

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Runtime:
84 min | USA:88 min (director's cut)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Because the film's budget was so tight, there were no retakes of any scenes.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Big Fat Independent Movie (2005)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Introduction to the Incomparable Spike Lee!!, 25 February 2008
Author: RaiderJack from San Francisco CA USA

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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