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She's Gotta Have It

R In Theaters 07/2/1991 , 85min.
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Plot & Details

Spike Lee's breakthrough independent feature, shot in fifteen days on a budget of $175,000, ushered in (along with Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise) the American independent film movement of the 1980s. It was also a groundbreaking film for African-American filmmakers and a welcome change in the representation of blacks in American cinema, depicting men and women of color not as pimps and whores, but as intelligent, upscale urbanites. Lee's slight tale, which carries much psychological and historical baggage, concerns Nola Darling (Tracy Camila Johns), a young, self-assured Brooklyn woman who juggles three boyfriends -- the polite and well-meaning Jamie Overstreet (Tommy Redmond Hicks), the self-obsessed male model Greer Childs (John Canada Terrell), and the comical bicycle messenger Mars Blackmon (Spike Lee). Nola doesn't want to commit to any of her boyfriends, cherishing her personal freedom. But as their relationships with Nola grow, each man wants her for himself.

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actress Nominated
1986 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Spike Lee Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award Spike Lee Won

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