Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
A mute woman along with her young daughter, and her prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, and she's soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.
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
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Spike Lee has mentioned several times in interviews that he used The Marvin Gay shooting incident in which Marvin's father shot him as an inspiration for The Good Reverend Doctor shooting Gator. See more »
Cameraman's shadow on Flipper when he is telling Cyrus he cheated on Drew See more »
[kicking Flipper out after his infidelity]
There will be no penis between us!
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Once Upon a Time
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Music by Charles Strouse
Courtesy of Strada Music, ASCAP
All rights administered by The Songwriters Guild of America
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products See more »
This was the era when Spike Lee got as good as he ever got.
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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