She's Gotta Have It

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Comedy

She’s Gotta Have It

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

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Time Out says

Lee's first feature focuses around the attempts of Nola Darling (Johns), aware but not ashamed of her reputation as a good-time girl, to sort out the three steady men in her life with a view (maybe) to marriage: the sincere and caring Jamie (Hicks), the self-obsessed model Greer (Terrell), and the outrageous bicycle messenger Mars (Lee). Each lover, convinced that he is the solution to Nola's problem, makes his prospective pitch (to the girl and audience alike) in a series of painfully funny character vignettes. The action centres on Nola's spacious Brooklyn studio, where the men take it in turns to assassinate each other's characters, before gathering round Nola's Thanksgiving table to do it face-to-face. Structurally, it could be compared to Kurosawa's Rashomon for its subjective cross-examination of Nola's loves; but this delightful low-budget comedy, with its all black cast and black humour, is 100 per cent Lee.
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Release details

UK release:

1986

Duration:

85 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Tommy Redmond Hicks, Spike Lee, Tracy Camila Johns, Ray Dowell, Joie Lee, John Canada Terrell

Music:

Bill Lee

Editor:

Spike Lee

Director:

Spike Lee

Production Designer:

Wynn Thomas

Screenwriter:

Spike Lee

Cinematography:

Ernest Dickerson

Producer:

Shelton J Lee

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