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Some Call It Loving (1973)

A woman who's been asleep for years is part of a carnival that sells her kisses for a buck. A lonely jazz musician buys her. Once awake, the two of them and his two girlfriends hook up. But sometimes, dreams are better than reality.

Director:

James B. Harris

Writers:

James B. Harris (screenplay), John Collier (short story "Sleeping Beauty")
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Complete credited cast:
Zalman King ... Robert Troy
Carol White ... Scarlett
Tisa Farrow ... Jennifer
Richard Pryor ... Jeff
Veronica Anderson ... Angelica
Logan Ramsey ... Carnival Doctor
Brandy Herred Brandy Herred ... Cheerleader
Pat Priest ... Carnival Nurse
Ed Rue Ed Rue ... Mortician
Joseph DeMeo Joseph DeMeo ... Bartender
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A woman who's been asleep for years is part of a carnival that sells her kisses for a buck. A lonely jazz musician buys her. Once awake, the two of them and his two girlfriends hook up. But sometimes, dreams are better than reality.

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The Only Act of Its Kind in the World. For Sale.

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Certificate:

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Trivia

James B. Harris wanted Lalo Schifrin to compose the score to the film, but the pics modest budget prevented him from hiring Schifrin. Instead, Harris hired Richard Hazard, who had worked with, and orchestrated, several of Schifrin's other works. Harris got a chance to work with Schifrin on his next film, Fast-Walking (1982). See more »

Quotes

Scarlett: [to Robert and Jennifer] Now we have our music. It would give me such pleasure to see the two of you dance. So if you would, you two dance, and I'll watch.
Robert Troy: I don't dance.
Scarlett: You don't dance? Oh, what a pity. Well then we'll dance, and you watch. You do watch, don't you?
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Very Thought of You
Written by Ray Noble (uncredited)
Vocal by Nat 'King' Cole
Courtesy of Capital Records
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Lost gem of 70's cinema!
21 August 2015 | by anghartSee all my reviews

Much maligned in the US, "Some Call It Loving"is a film that's not going to be for everyone...or suite everyone's tastes. But that doesn't mean it should be ignored, because at its core lies a well- made, deliberately told film about loneliness, love and dark desire.

As with most of director James B. Harris's films, the pic is centered around a disillusioned loner who wants to change the status quo. In this case, a jazz musician who wants more from his relationships than the kinky game play that has become the norm in his mansion.

Although our "hero" is surrounded by comely women who want to throw themselves at him, he wants more. He wants love. Companionship. He think he's found it in a mysterious girl who he has awakened from a long sleep, but the girl may be more of a puzzle than he can handle.

This is a film more about style than story. And on that level, it succeeds well, with gorgeous cinematography and a haunting theme melody by the director's brother Bob Harris.

Overall, it's great that this lost little film has finally been given a significant release after spending 40 years in obscurity. For cinema lovers, it's worth checking out. For those who already admire in its renegade spirit and minimalist approach, enjoy the new release by Etiquette Pictures. It's everything we could have hoped for. Maybe one day Hollywood will wake up, and realize what a wonderful director James B. Harris is. We can only hope.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleeping Beauty See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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