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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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A Febre da Selva  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$32,482,682 (USA)
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Flipper Purify: Mine! Mine! Mine!
Jerry: Ego! Ego! Ego!
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Referenced in Chez Whoopi (1991) See more »

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Let the Church Roll on
Written by James Cleveland
used by permission of Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc., BMI
Performed by Mahalia Jackson
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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My brief review of the film
1 July 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

With some interesting ideas about racism, some creative camera-work, and generally solid acting, there is enough in this film to make it worth checking out, albeit not enough to make it a great film. Spike Lee's depiction of a modern society build about racism lacks credibility, as it is hard to believe that the only thing the characters care about is racism-related. Lee's colour scheme hurts the film too, as the hues, in particular the oranges, are very harsh on the eyes, this distracting one from the on screen action. There are also some drug addiction subplots fitted in, to no certain advantage, and despite Terence Blanchard providing a nice multi-style score, it is used rather awkwardly throughout. Plus, there one large unanswered question: is Lee endorsing segregation and racism in the film? Believe it or not, in spite of these problems, the film has enough in it for adequate viewing. Seeing Halle Berry in her first big screen appearance is quite interesting, and Queen Latifah makes her debut appearance too as a waitress. It is very well shot, competently acted and it provides some things to think about, even if it is not too great overall stuff.


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