This Spike Lee film examines the life of an aspiring actress in New York. She is upset by the treatment of women in the movie industry during one of her screen tests with 'QT'. Out of work ... See full summary »
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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[Gator is dancing with his mother, trying to butter her up]
Hey pretty lady, you remember me?
Say what you have to say, and go, before your father comes back!
What's the matter? You don't like my dancing anymore? You usually offer to cook me something to eat.
I ain't playin' with you Gator! Say what you have to say and go. And if it's money then forget it!
[loosens herself from his grip]
The answer is no!
Momma, you gotta help me out. I'm sick. In order for me to get right, I need money!
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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
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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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