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Spike Lee's breakthrough independent feature, shot in fifteen days on a budget of $175,000, ushered in (along with Jim Jarmusch's Jim Jarmusch) 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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:August 8, 1986

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Spike Lee New Generation Award 1985 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Spike Lee Best First Feature 1986 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Tracy Camilla Johns Best Actress 1986 Nominee

Cast

Tracy Camilla Johns
as Nola Darling
Tommy Redmond Hicks
as Jamie Overstreet
John Canada Terrell
as Greer Childs
Spike Lee
as Mars Blackman
Raye Dowell
as Opal Gilstrap
Joie Lee
as Clorinda Bradford
Bill Lee
as Sonny Darling
Reginald Hudlin
as Dog 4
Lewis Jordan
as Dog 2
Cheryl Burr
as Ava
Aaron Dugger
as Noble
Stephanie Covington
as Keva
Renata Cobbs
as Shawn
Monty Ross
as Dog 1
Erik Dellums
as Dog 3
Eric Payne
as Dog 5
Gerard Brown
as Dog 7
Ernest R. Dickerson
as Dog 8
Eric Wilkins
as Dog 9
Scott Sillers
as Dog 11
Kathy Banks
as Receptionist
Steve Nicks
as Soundman
Pamm Jackson
as Female Walk-On
Monty Ross
as Dog 1
Steve Nicks
as Soundman
Lewis Jordan
as Dog 2
Cheryl Burr
as Ava
Eric Payne
as Dog 5
Gerard Brown
as Dog 7
Erik Dellums
as Dog 3
Ernest R. Dickerson
as Dog 8
Stephanie Covington
as Keva
Kathy Banks
as Receptionist
Renata Cobbs
as Shawn
Eric Wilkins
as Dog 9
Aaron Dugger
as Noble
Reginald Hudlin
as Dog 4
Scott Sillers
as Dog 11

Crew

Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee
Producer
Spike Lee
Screenwriter
Ernest R. Dickerson
Cinematographer
Bill Lee
Composer (Music Score)
Spike Lee
Editor
Wynn P. Thomas
Production Designer
Pamm Jackson
Associate Producer
Monty Ross
Production Supervisor
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