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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.


James B. Harris


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


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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Release Date:

26 October 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleeping Beauty See more »


Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Zalman King was the first person cast for this film. See more »


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 »


Sleeping Beauty
Theme by Bob Harris
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A strange and often disconnected puzzle of a film.
17 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Some Call it Loving" is hard to describe but I'll try. It's a bit like an art film (such as something by Bergman or Fellini) combined with a porno film with little porn...along with an LSD trip. The results are bizarre, unique and incredibly confusing. What does all this mean?!

The film begins with Robert (Zalman King...a Marjoe Gortner lookalike) seeing a strange carnival attraction. It seems that a pretty young woman has been sleeping for 8 years and audience members can pay to come up and kiss her...and try to awaken her. Soon you realize that the man who 'owns her' is more than willing to allow guys to pay to do far more...and he expects that is what Robert wants when he comes to see her later. However, he's obsessed with her in a strange, non-sexual way and he buys the girl from him! Soon, after bringing her home, she awakens and he is smitten by her and vice-versa...though for a lot of the film their relationship is non-sexual. Instead, Robert walks around almost as if in a catatonic state himself...watching all sorts of weirdos. Two weirdos are his 'girlfriends' though they are clearly lesbians and kinky ones at that. Another is his junkie friend (overplayed badly by Richard Pryor). None of these people or vignettes make ANY sense and after a while you start to realize that everything and the disconnectedness of it all is highly reminiscent of a dream- -as if it's not the girl who is asleep but the audience...or at least they are watching someone's dream. Surreal beyond belief and late in the film there are finally some nude scenes (but they are amazingly non- sexy). The entire concoction is nonsensical and bizarre...so much so that it has 'cult film' written all over it but it's also not something the average viewer would care about in the least. Additionally, its bizarro religious symbolism is bound to offend many, many viewers.

My advice is that if you want to watch porn, find a better and sexier film. If you want an art film, try "The Seventh Seal" or "8 1/2" as they are much more clever and artsy. Or, if you want a film that utterly confuses you, by all means try "Some Call it Loving"...but I wasn't a fan by the time the film ended.

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