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She's Gotta Have It (1986)

Story of a woman and her three lovers.

Director:

Spike Lee

Writers:

Spike Lee, Zora Neale Hurston (opening quotation)
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tracy Camilla Johns ... Nola Darling
Tommy Redmond Hicks Tommy Redmond Hicks ... Jamie Overstreet (as Redmond Hicks)
John Canada Terrell John Canada Terrell ... Greer Childs (as John Terrell)
Spike Lee ... Mars Blackmon
Raye Dowell Raye Dowell ... Opal Gilstrap
Joie Lee ... Clorinda Bradford
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Doctor Jamison (as Epatha Merkerson)
Bill Lee ... Sonny Darling
Cheryl Burr Cheryl Burr ... Ava
Aaron Dugger Aaron Dugger ... Noble
Stephanie Covington Stephanie Covington ... Keva
Renata Cobbs Renata Cobbs ... Shawn
Cheryl D. Singleton Cheryl D. Singleton ... Toby (as Cheryl Singleton)
Monty Ross Monty Ross ... Dog #1
Tiziano Cortini 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Seriously Sexy Comedy

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

She's Gotta Have It See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,473, 10 August 1986

Gross USA:

$7,137,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,137,502
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (one sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Entertainment Weekly included the film as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films," in a November 1997 special supplement that was only distributed to subscribers. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The Director's Cut of the film on the Criterion Collection Laser Disc, features 4 minutes of additional footage. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Strafe's Groove
Words and Music by Strafe
Courtesy of S.T.D Music
Roto toms and group voices by Raydar
Bongos by Choqui Cantlo
Synthesizer by Bob Ross
Lead vocals, guitar, synthesizer and drum programming by Strafe
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Spike's Best Film
28 July 2000 | by newnoirSee all my reviews

Spike Lee's first and still best film. It's filled with laughs, terrific characters and enough sex to fill ten movies! This film and others made Spike apart of what I call 'The Three Princes Of New York Filmmaking'. In other words, one of three premiere New York directors. The three princes in question are Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee. High praise indeed!


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