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7 June 1991 (USA) See more »
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Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Really interesting and epic tale that deals with a sensitive subject but maintains other aesthetical qualities. See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Wesley Snipes ... Flipper Purify

Annabella Sciorra ... Angie Tucci

Spike Lee ... Cyrus

Ossie Davis ... The Good Reverend Doctor Purify

Ruby Dee ... Lucinda Purify

Samuel L. Jackson ... Gator Purify

Lonette McKee ... Drew

John Turturro ... Paulie Carbone

Frank Vincent ... Mike Tucci

Anthony Quinn ... Lou Carbone

Halle Berry ... Vivian
Tyra Ferrell ... Orin Goode

Veronica Webb ... Vera
Veronica Timbers ... Ming
David Dundara ... Charlie Tucci

Michael Imperioli ... James Tucci

Nicholas Turturro ... Vinny
Steven Randazzo ... Sonny

Joe D'Onofrio ... Patty

Michael Badalucco ... Frankie Botz
Anthony Nocerino ... Veeshay

Debi Mazar ... Denise

Gina Mastrogiacomo ... Louise

Tim Robbins ... Jerry

Brad Dourif ... Leslie

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney ... Nilda

Theresa Randle ... Inez
Pamela Tyson ... Angela

Rick Aiello ... Officer Long

Miguel Sandoval ... Officer Ponte

Charlie Murphy ... Livin' Large (as Charles Q. Murphy)
Talese Harris ... Iris
Averell Curtle ... Young Panhandler
Melvin Bethea ... Drug Dealer
Ewart Lauder ... Drug Dealer
Randolph May ... Man in Crack House
El-Shah Muhammad ... Gentleman in Wheelchair
Suzanna White ... Church Lady
Danielle Coleman ... Woman Panhandler
Marilyn Nelson ... Crack Lady
Bob Adrian ... Man on the Street

Doug E. Doug ... Friend of Livin' Large
Scot Anthony Robinson ... 2nd Friend of Livin' Large
Frank Esposito ... Frankie, Denise's Brother
Joseph Giammarino ... Boy in Candy Store
Shawn Lowenthal ... 2nd Boy in Candy Store

Queen Latifah ... Lashawn

Curtis Atkins ... Paperboy
Yvette Brooks ... Mouth #1

Mamie Louise Anderson ... Mouth #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Illeana Douglas ... Angie's Neighbor (scenes deleted)

Gina Gershon ... Angie's Neighbor (scenes deleted)
Tiger Haynes
John D. Bair ... Nosey Neighbor (uncredited)
Marshall Dancing Elk Lucas ... Homeless Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Spike Lee 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Spike Lee  written by

Produced by
Jon Kilik .... line producer
Spike Lee .... producer
Monty Ross .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest R. Dickerson  (as Ernest Dickerson)
 
Film Editing by
Samuel D. Pollard  (as Sam Pollard)
 
Casting by
Robi Reed 
 
Production Design by
Wynn Thomas 
 
Set Decoration by
Ted Glass 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter 
 
Makeup Department
Clifford Booker .... hair stylist: women
Larry M. Cherry .... hair stylist: men (as Larry Cherry)
Bernadette Mazur .... makeup artist
Laini Thompson .... makeup department head
Ellie Winslow .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Preston L. Holmes .... production supervisor
Brent Owens .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H.H. Cooper .... second assistant director
Randy Fletcher .... first assistant director
Dale Pierce-Johnson .... second assistant director (as Dale Pierce)
 
Art Department
Jacqueline Arnot .... inside prop assistant
Anthony Baldasare .... first assistant props
Jeff Balsmeyer .... storyboard artist
Werner Bargsten .... main title sign props
Martin Bernstein .... construction coordinator
Katherine Bloss .... scenic artist
Nancy Boytos-Amanuel .... set dresser (as Nancy Boytos)
Erwin Brown .... construction production assistant
William Butler .... set dresser (as Bill Butler)
John Calling .... construction production assistant
Rodney Clark .... set builder
Lorenzo Contessa .... scenic artist
Thomas Costabile .... key set builder (as Tom Costabile)
Sara D'Alessandro .... scenic artist sculptor
Rena Dillon .... assistant to the set decorator
Diann Duthie .... assistant art director
Rudolph Eccleston .... construction production assistant
Anthony Galloway .... construction production assistant
James Geyer .... scenic artist
Jeffrey L. Glave .... chargeman scenic artist
Kevin Golden .... scenic artist
John Grimolizzi .... set builder
Gary Jennings .... scenic artist
Bruton Jones .... assistant to the production designer
Mark Jones .... construction production assistant
Jerry Kadar .... set dresser
David B. Kadow .... set builder (as David Kadow)
Joyce Kubalak-Szafilita .... stand-by scenic artist (as Joyce Kubalak)
Kevin Ladson .... property master
Charles LaPlaca .... welder
Virginia Lim .... scenic artist
Jann McClary .... second assistant props
Ken Nelson .... key set builder
Richard Parker .... construction production assistant
Carl Prinzi .... key construction grip
Scott Rosenstock .... lead man
Rosalie Russino .... scenic shopwoman
William Starke .... construction production assistant
Pam Stephens .... assistant to the production designer
Terry Sylvester .... scenic artist (as Helen Terry Sylvester)
Jack Travis .... consulting architect
Peter von Bartheld .... second set dresser (as Peter Von Bartheld)
Keith Wall .... set dresser (uncredited)
Paul Wardwell .... construction grip
John Wellington .... construction production assistant
Laura Jean West .... set dresser (as Laura West)
Robert Woods Jr. .... construction grip
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Albert Aquino .... boom operator
Ron Bochar .... sound effects editor
David Boulton .... adr recordist
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Keiko Deguchi .... assistant adr editor
Pam DeMetruis-Thomas .... adr editor (as Pam DeMetruis)
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Vaughn Halyard .... computer sound designer
Bradford L. Hohle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Rosa Howell-Thornhill .... cable person
Brian Johnson .... assistant sound editor
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Kevin Lee .... dialogue editor
Stuart Levy .... apprentice sound editor
Skip Lievsay .... sound designer
Bruce Pross .... foley editor
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor (as Frederic Rosenberg)
Diane Schaub .... adr editor
Greg Speed .... assistant sound editor (as Gregory L. Speed)
Jeffrey Stern .... dialogue editor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Magdaline Volaitis .... dialogue editor
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Robert S. Warren .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Russell Williams II .... sound recordist
Harry Peck Bolles .... adr editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jerry Holway .... cablecam operator
Andy Hudson .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jeff Ward .... stunt coordinator
Bill Anagnos .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Allen .... crane operator: Louma crane
Robert M. Andres .... key grip (as Bob Andres)
Keith Bunting .... company grip
Ted Churchill .... Steadicam operator
Lamont Crawford .... fourth grip
Richard Crudo .... Steadicam assistant
Val DeSalvo .... best boy electric
Kirk R. Gardner .... Steadicam operator (as Kirk Gardner)
Emil Hampton .... Steadicam assistant
Andy Harris .... additional first assistant camera (as Andrew Harris)
Charles Houston .... gaffer
Pamela Katz .... first assistant camera (as Pam Katz)
Tom Kudlek .... crane grip
Tom Kudlek .... dolly grip
David Lee .... still photographer
Charlie Marroquin .... rigging grip (as Charles Marroquin)
Rick Marroquin .... rigging grip
Michael Marzovilla .... electrician
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Derek McKane .... electrician
Nancy Meshkoff .... video operator
John Mitchell .... electrician
Andy Niceberg .... generator operator
Fred Nielson .... camera trainee (as Frederick V. Nielsen II)
John O'Malley .... electrician
Phil Oetiker .... camera operator
George Pattison .... additional camera operator
Carl Peterson .... key rigging grip
Tony Pisciotta .... electrician (as Anthony Pisciotta)
Frank Prinzi .... additional camera operator
Charles Quinlivan .... company grip
Floyd A.B. Rance III .... second assistant camera
Nate Ranger .... second assistant camera (as Nate C. Ranger)
Daniel Sanabria .... first assistant camera
Douglas W. Shannon .... electrician (as Doug Shannon)
Chris Skutch .... third grip
Marcus Turner .... fourth grip
David S. Tuttman .... additional first assistant camera (as David Tuttman)
Paul Wachter .... best boy grip
Tom Zafian .... video engineer (as Thomas Zafian)
David Zimmern .... video operator
Christian Epps .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Carl Anthony Lee .... casting associate
Andrea Reed .... extras casting
Winsome Sinclair .... casting production assistant
Tracy Vilar .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Berwick .... assistant to costume designer
Jennifer L. Bryan .... wardrobe supervisor (as Jennifer Bryan)
Beulah Jones-Black .... assistant to costume designer
Precious Lovell .... wardrobe assistant
Barry Mazurek .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Rita McGhee .... wardrobe assistant
Miriam Wong Tsao .... wardrobe assistant (as Miriam Wong)
 
Editorial Department
Jeffrey Cooper .... apprentice editor (as Jeff Cooper)
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction
Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez .... apprentice editor (as Sonia Gonzalez)
Anthony L. Jamison .... apprentice editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative matcher
Dave Pultz .... color timer
Leander T. Sales .... assistant editor (as Leander Sales)
Brunilda Torres .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Ethel Abelson .... musician: violin
Sanford Allen .... musician: violin (as Allen Sanford)
Stephanie Andrews .... soundtrack project coordinator
Jerome Ashby .... musician: French horn
Diane Barere .... musician: cello
Steve Berrios .... musician: Latin percussion
Sandra Billingslea .... musician: violin
Larissa Blitz .... musician: violin
Barbara Bogatin .... musician: cello
Kimberly Brewer .... music arranger: vocals
Richard Brice .... musician: viola
Alfred Brown .... musician: viola
Carol Buck .... musician: cello
Anne Callahan .... musician: cello
Malcolm Cecil .... additional music engineer
Jean Dane .... musician: viola
Troy Davis .... musician: drums
John R. Dexter .... musician: viola (as John Dexter)
Joseph Diamonte .... musician: violin
Gayle Dixon .... musician: violin
Robin Eubanks .... musician: trombone
Sue Evans .... musician: percussion
Barry Finclair .... musician: violin
James Flatto .... assistant music editor
Eileen M. Folson .... musician: cello (as Eileen Folson)
Stephanie Fricker .... musician: viola
Winterton Garvey .... musician: violin
Kenneth Gordon .... musician: violin
Karen Griffen .... musician: flute
Juliet Haffner .... musician: viola
R.R. Hanlan .... additional music engineer
Roland Hanna .... musician: piano (as Sir Roland Hanna)
Jennie Hansen .... musician: viola
Ellen Hassman .... musician: cello
Richard Hendrickson .... musician: violin
Milt Hinton .... musician: bass
Cecelia Hobbs Gardner .... musician: violin
Howard Howard .... musician: French horn
Yong-Yan Hu .... musician: violin
Stanley G. Hunte .... musician: violin
Regis Iandiorio .... musician: violin
Keith John .... music arranger: vocals
Gregory Komar .... musician: violin
Jesse Levine .... musician: viola
Charles Libove .... musician: violin
Carmel Malin .... musician: violin
Joe Malin .... musician: violin (as Joseph Malin)
Delfeayo Marsalis .... score recordist
Lois Martin .... musician: viola
Alvin McCall .... musician: cello
Melissa Meel .... musician: cello
Diane Monroe .... musician: violin
Louann Montesi .... musician: violin (as Lou Ann Montesi)
Frank Morelli .... musician: bassoon
James Nichols .... score mixer
Suzanne Ornstein .... musician: violin
Marion Pinheiro .... musician: violin
John Pintavalle .... musician: violin
Greg Poree .... music arranger
Susan Pray .... musician: viola (as Sue Pray)
Melanie Punter .... musician: bass
Alvin Rogers .... musician: violin
Bruce Rogers .... musician: cello
Elliot Rosoff .... musician: violin
Clay Ruede .... musician: cello
James A. Sandweiss .... assistant music engineer (as Jimmy 'Rock'N Roll' Sandweiss)
Myra Segal .... musician: violin
Patrick Smith .... score recordist
Richard Spencer .... musician: viola
Debra Spohnheimer .... musician: bass (as Deb Spohnheimer)
Bob Stewart .... musician: tuba
Alex Steyermark .... music editor
Dale Stuckenbruck .... musician: violin
Gerald Tarack .... musician: violin
Stephen James Taylor .... musician: oboe (as Stephen Taylor)
Lesa Terry .... musician: violin
Steve Van Arden .... music engineer
Steve Van Arden .... music mixer
Yuri Vodovoz .... musician: violin
Bruce Wang .... musician: cello
Nathan Watts .... executive associate music producer
Nathan Watts .... music arranger: vocals
Rodney Whitaker .... musician: bass
Stevie Wonder .... music arranger
Stevie Wonder .... music arranger: vocals
Stevie Wonder .... music producer
Jue Yao .... musician: violin
Ming Yeh .... musician: violin
Harry Zaratzian .... musician: viola
Frederic Zlotkin .... musician: cello
 
Transportation Department
Charles Bennis .... driver
Bill Buckman .... driver (as William Buckman Jr.)
Joseph Caffrey .... driver (as Joseph Caffrey)
Michael Canosa .... driver
James Collins .... driver
Robert Collins .... driver
Brendan P. Connolly .... driver (as Brendan Connolly)
Rocco Curatolo .... driver
Bob Donavan .... driver (as Robert Donovan)
Dennis Drogan .... driver (as Ronald Drogan)
Robert Dwyer .... driver
John Elder .... driver
Robert Featherstone .... driver
William K. Gaskins .... driver (as Willie Gaskins)
Ponce Granger .... driver
Gus Hein .... driver
Patrick Hogan .... driver
James Jelardi .... driver
Clifford Johnson .... driver (as Cliff Johnson)
Richard S. Kornack .... driver (as Richard Kornack)
Robert Lansing .... driver
Robert Lapine .... driver
Harry J. Leavey .... driver (as Harry Leavey)
James Leavey .... transportation captain
William Leavey .... driver (as Bill Leavey)
David Lenhart .... driver
Franklin Lopez .... driver (as Frank Lopez)
Brian Maxwell .... driver
Andrew Orlou .... driver
Martin Whitfield .... driver
 
Other crew
Gerald Barclay .... intern
Wanda Brooks .... production assistant: 40 Acres
Johanne Brown .... post-production office coordinator
Rasheed Ali Brown .... craft service (as Rasheed Brown)
Jeffrey W. Byrd .... electric production assistant (as Jeffrey Byrd)
Shari L. Carpenter .... continuity (as Shari Carpenter)
Idreana Causby .... intern
Constance Cherry .... intern
Darrol Clark .... intern
Pierre Cottrell .... our man in Fort-de-France
William Davies .... intern
Lee Davis .... set production assistant
Victor De Jesus .... intern
Lyle Dickey .... production assistant: 40 Acres
Liza Donnell .... craft service
Laura Dorsey .... intern
Elloise Dover .... intern (as Elloise McRae-Dover)
Mike Ellis .... set production assistant (as Michael Ellis)
Frank L. Fleming .... intern (as Frank Fleming)
Susan D. Fowler .... production coordinator: 40 Acres
Francesca Freeman .... intern
Darryl Ganious .... craft service
Michael Gaynor .... projectionist
Anika Gibbons .... intern
Chey Green .... intern
Simone Greggs .... intern
Sarah Gyllenstierna .... intern
Van Hayden .... set production assistant
Ronald M. Haynes .... intern
Tracey Hinds .... craft service
Patricia Ann Holmes .... assistant auditor (as Patricia Holmes)
Valerie Hughes .... intern
Debra D. Jeffreys .... production coordinator
Desirée Jellerette .... assistant production office coordinator
Kristen M. Johnson .... location production assistant
Sheldon Kaplan .... helper
Terri Kennedy .... intern
Gregory King .... intern
Eric Klein .... assistant location manager (as Eric Barry Klein)
Zenaida Lorenzo .... intern
Charles Lowrey .... caterer
Charles Mahorner .... set production assistant
Marcie Newman .... intern
Robert Nickson .... production controller
Eric Oden .... auditor
Brent Owens .... location manager
Stephanie Payton .... intern
Michael A. Pinckney .... intern (as Michael Pinckney)
John Raffone .... helper
Philip M. Ricks .... intern
Traci Runcie .... intern (as Tracey Runcie)
Jon-Marc Sandifer .... intern
Kevin Sharkey .... helper
Ginger Sledge .... location scout
Earl Smith .... assistant: Mr. Lee
Sherri G. Sneed .... production secretary
Anna C. Southall .... unit publicist (as Anna Southall)
Danny Spillane .... helper
Susan Stuart .... intern
Monica Sutton .... intern
Shawn Sweeney .... production assistant
Sikay Tang .... intern
Dwayne Thomas .... intern
Walter J. Turnbull .... founder/director: The Boys Choir of Harlem (as Walter Turnbull)
Ntshaveni Wa Luruli .... set production assistant (as Ntshavheni Wa Luruli)
Jimmie Walker .... intern
John Wassel .... cablecam assistant
Dale Watkins .... assistant location manager (as Dale T. Watkins)
Doug G. Watson .... set production assistant
Raymond White .... security officer
Sonja Whittle .... intern
Harold R. Williams Jr. .... assistant projectionist
José Williams .... helper
Tracy A. Wright .... intern
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
Mimi Everett .... title designer (uncredited)
Coati Mundi .... adr voice (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Terence Blanchard .... special thanks
Garrett Brown .... special thanks
Louis J. Delsarte .... special thanks
Yusuf K. Hawkins .... in memory of
Jason Hunt .... special thanks
Spencer Lawrence .... special thanks
Charlie Newton .... special thanks
Michael J. Singletary .... special thanks
Stevie Wonder .... special thanks (as Steveland Morris)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated R for sensuality, strong language, drug content, and for violence
Runtime:
132 min
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Trivia:
Flippard not Gator's clothes are being thrown out of the window by his wife.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Cameraman's shadow on Flipper when he is telling Cyrus he cheated on DrewSee more »
Quotes:
Lucinda Purify:What happened to the color TV?
Gator Purify:Mama, I smoked the color TV!
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Soundtrack:
Lighting Up the CandlesSee more »

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Really interesting and epic tale that deals with a sensitive subject but maintains other aesthetical qualities., 26 March 2008
Author: johnnyboyz from Hampshire, England

Lots of hate and not much love is the feeling I get when looking this film up; ironic then that the idea of interracial relationships in 1990s America has much the same stance on the idea – stick to what you know or else people who have long since died will be angry at you, oh and the current parent who hasn't died (the father in both cases) will either threaten to or indeed literally beat you senseless.

I don't think Jungle Fever, directed by Spike Lee, is all that bad in fact I found it interesting, engaging and somewhat tragic which means I liked it; I liked it a lot. I think one of the primary reasons this film works is that it achieves something extremely difficult and that's being able to get across a narrative of love, loss and temptation all the time being able to put across and offer opinions on race and ethnicity whilst also being able to merge in a healthy and satisfying amount of humour which, oddly enough, only really comes along when the film is dealing with its 'tragedy' sub-plot involving Gator (Jackson). The idea behind the character is tragic but it is Jackson's presence and approach to the material that makes it humorous: a crack addict that turns up at the most inconvenient of times asking for money, often doing a little dance in order to get it; but he does not learn the wrong of his ways and that's the tragic thing.

So you see, the fact that Spike Lee has created this universe for all these issues to be digested and be put across all the time keeping you interest with some individual acting performances, good music and a fair amount memorable dialogue moments is extremely impressive – my favourite of which is Spike Lee himself portraying a character who goes up in extremities when he learns of an affair, the fact the wife doesn't know and then that the girl is actually white. Jungle Fever starts out in pretty humorous yet tragic circumstances, echoing the atmosphere to come for the rest of the film; the pre-film titles have road signs displaying things like 'drugs, left; crack, right' which is a damned if you do, damned if you don't idea that works amongst the upbeat music. It's this sort of juxtaposition in visuals that works and challenges the viewer as well as possibly being Lee getting across what life is like in these sorts of places 'No matter where you turn, you cannot escape certain failure'.

So, to have the rather oddly named Flipper Purify (Snipes) as an architect who is living a good life with a great job with great prospects with a wonderful wife and kid gives us the sense he is an achiever but he cannot live in a district that is pleasant, so that 'tag' that you never escape the ghetto is present. Likewise, Flipper is a big cheese in his company but he must answer to two white yuppies ahead of him and when things get a little heated, it seems the two white men have defeated the hard working black character. But it is Flipper's own stupidity that sees him go on his journey of hell and self-discovery and all in the name of curiosity which is the film's only real flaw but I cannot hold it too much against it. This is a film in which everybody gets a bite of the cherry; the African-American characters in the film are people who are striving to survive (the credits suggesting the ghetto is a no win place suggests this) doing whatever means necessary no matter how high up you are (crack head or rich architect); Italians are people who perhaps come across as quite needlessly aggressive and yet are the sorts who hold onto values and friendships despite whatever situations arise – they are also people who look out for their sisters.

Then there are the women; in what is one of Jungle Fever's more remarkable scenes, a half dozen women sit around and consolidate Drew (McKee) as she comes to terms with the affair. It is remarkable because it shows women have a voice and they are voicing their opinions in a true-to life manner – remarkable that Lee scripts this scene and shoots it not in a voyeuristic manner but one that lets us know how they feel; I wonder how many other films revolving around an male instigated affair would stop to include this scene? Jungle Fever is a film that has heart but it has brains to boot; there is another great scene when Frankie Botz (Badalucco) is being wound up over his girl and he slams people who are Aryan, blaming Hollywood (another Spike Lee scripted dig?) for it but this is right after heart of gold Italian Paulie Carbone (Turturro) points out that Italian's several decades ago who paid the blacks equal wages were hung for doing so; this echoes the overall theme of the film in a single scene, that being that "it is the 1990s, things like this happen" says Debi Mazar's character and that the disapproving parents should not be too affected by something that supposedly insults tradition.

Jungle Fever is not about 'x' is black and shouldn't date 'y' because they're white; if anything it's about the reason to stick with your partner: if Flipper was curious as to what 'white' would've been like, surely that echoes compliment to Drew because he doesn't consider he so; even though she has been bullied over the light tone of her skin. Spike Lee has made something here that is epic and intriguing; tragic and yet funny at times. This is a modern piece trying to push out what's wrong and what's right: 'stay with partner' is better than 'stay with race' but that doesn't mean you have to choose the latter if you cannot keep the former.

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