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Jungle Fever (1991)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  7 June 1991 (USA)
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Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary.

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A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Rated R for sensuality, strong language, drug content, and for violence | See all certifications »

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7 June 1991 (USA)  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$32,482,682 (USA)
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Drew: [kicking Flipper out after his infidelity] There will be no penis between us!
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Lyrics by Lee Adams
Music by Charles Strouse
Courtesy of Strada Music, ASCAP
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Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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This was the era when Spike Lee got as good as he ever got.
20 February 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Spike Lee made "Jungle Fever" in the era when he also made masterpieces like "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X". I will admit that the subject matter here is nothing that we haven't seen many times (an interracial love story), but Lee knows how to do without getting idiotic or manipulating emotions. In this case, African-American Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes) has an affair with Italian-American co-worker Angela Tucci (Annabella Sciorra), thereby setting off a racially charged chain reaction.

A previous reviewer said that Lee throws in so many subplots that the movie gets too confusing. I agree that the various subplots do this to an extent, but I think that Lee mainly wanted to show how people's lives were getting affected by the series of events portrayed. There were some clichés, namely the bigoted Bensonhurst residents, but this is certainly a well done movie. Watch for a young Halle Berry as a crack addict, and I believe that Queen Latifah appears as a waitress.


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