MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,014 this week

Jungle Fever (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  7 June 1991 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 12,577 users  
Reviews: 52 user | 30 critic

Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 08 Jun 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 28 Jul 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 03 Jan 2014
 
a list of 21 titles
created 11 Jun 2014
 
a list of 31 titles
created 14 Jul 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Jungle Fever" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Jungle Fever (1991)

Jungle Fever (1991) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Jungle Fever.

User Polls

6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic life.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes
Crooklyn (1994)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Story of a woman and her three lovers.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell
School Daze (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin
Clockers (1995)
Drama | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A disparate group of African-American men travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Ossie Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Andre Braugher
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
Girl 6 (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

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 »

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Theresa Randle, Isaiah Washington, Spike Lee
Bamboozled (2000)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A frustrated African American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Jules Brown, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Toni Lysaith
Malcolm X (1992)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo
She Hate Me (2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Fired from his job for exposing corrupt business practices, a former biotech executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Mike Tucci
...
...
Tyra Ferrell ...
Orin Goode
...
Vera
Veronica Timbers ...
Ming
David Dundara ...
Charlie Tucci
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 June 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Febre da Selva  »

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$32,482,682 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Flippard not Gator's clothes are being thrown out of the window by his wife. See more »

Goofs

Cameraman's shadow on Flipper when he is telling Cyrus he cheated on Drew See more »

Quotes

Drew: [kicking Flipper out after his infidelity] There will be no penis between us!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Certain lyrics to the end song move across the screen during the credits See more »

Connections

Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Each Other's Throats
Music and Lyrics by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Stevie Wonder
by arrangement with Stevland Morris Music, ASCAP
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fitfully interesting but lacks a strong point and doesn't hang together all that well
18 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Flipper Purify is a successful architect with a beautiful wife and a smart young daughter back at his apartment. When he gets a new temp in to work alongside him he is not pleased that she is white but her hard work impresses him. Working late one night, chatting becomes a connection which becomes flirting which becomes sex. Their affair continues even as Flipper quits his job to branch out alone. However his life is thrown into chaos when his wife Drew finds out.

The opening credits are catchy and the material is just the sort of racial issue that Spike Lee made his name but somehow the film itself really failed to catch my imagination or hold my attention. The central plot is simple enough but Lee fills it out with characters, debate and a couple of subplots but yet somehow doesn't manage to pull it all together into one compelling film. Of course those that like Spike Lee know that even when he is at his most average he can still make an interesting film. And so it is here because the film does have plenty of interesting scenes but it is the narrative and formulation of his point where it fails to come off. In his defence Lee has written some convincingly real characters with unfortunately real attitudes but by leaving these people mostly unchallenged to deliver their opinions he allows two things to happen. Firstly the film feels like a series of disjointed conversations – most of which are interesting enough to listen to but don't a total film make.

Secondly, and more importantly, Lee appears to be in agreement with some of his characters that mixed race relationships are not a good idea. If this is not his opinion then he has done a poor job in putting his thoughts across. If he is in agreement then he has done a poor job in presenting this point in a coherent and convincing fashion. Instead it seems like the racists have won – which is maybe is his point but if so yet again he hasn't done a good job of putting it across. In fact thinking about it, his point probably is that it all isn't worth the effort but, like I say, it isn't very well delivered and a lot of the ideas are half-cooked. The cast make it well worth a look regardless thanks to Lee's usual skill in assembling his actors. Snipes has massively fallen from grace in regards his career and his personal life but here he is pretty good. The material is just a little beyond his range but he does the basics well. Sciorra is better and works well with him. Lee is Lee while McKee is rather wasted with her simplistic race rage. Quinn is a nice touch in support while Turturro is as good as I have come to expect from him. Davis and Dee are good but they exist in another film, albeit the drugs subplot is interesting and both Jackson and Berry are impressive but it doesn't really fit. Lee's direction is his usual style but his use of soundtrack is weak – the tunes themselves are good but he doesn't put them across the film with any reason or sense of meaning.

Overall then an fitfully interesting film as is usually the way with Lee but one that failed to come together or deliver a convincing central message. The depressing message that does come across isn't that well made and as a result isn't as thought provoking as it should have been. The casting is interesting though and the performances mostly do as required in the many good individual scenes. Famous but not as good as the names attached would make you hope.


12 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is anyone in here in an interracial relationship? Scarface8890
Do Black people have an advantage? Scarface8890
Did Rev. Purify go to prison? Zorro-3
Favorite scene(s). Scarface8890
The Music is annoying! jgar6-1
Unrealistic Material but I love this movie Pinky2000
Discuss Jungle Fever (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?