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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

Joseph D'Onofrio ... Patty (as Joe D'Onofrio)

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
Pamala Tyson ... Angela (as Pamela Tyson)

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
Chey Greene .... make-up artist (uncredited)
 
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 .... 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
Kay Denmark .... adr boom operator (uncredited)
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)
J.D. Freedman .... 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
 
Location Management
Kristen M. Johnson .... location production assistant
Eric Klein .... assistant location manager (as Eric Barry Klein)
Brent Owens .... location manager
Ginger Sledge .... location scout
Dale Watkins .... assistant location manager (as Dale T. Watkins)
 
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 Greene .... intern (as Chey Green)
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
Sheldon Kaplan .... helper
Terri Kennedy .... intern
Gregory King .... intern
Zenaida Lorenzo .... intern
Charles Lowrey .... caterer
Charles Mahorner .... set production assistant
Marcie Newman .... intern
Robert Nickson .... production controller
Eric Oden .... auditor
Stephanie Payton .... intern
Michael A. Pinckney .... intern (as Michael Pinckney)
John Raffone .... helper
Philip M. Ricks .... intern
Jon-Marc Sandifer .... intern
Kevin Sharkey .... helper
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
Doug G. Watson .... set production assistant
Raymond White .... security officer
Sonja Whittle .... intern
Harold R. Williams Jr. .... assistant projectionist
José Williams .... helper
Traci Runcie Williams .... intern (as Tracey Runcie)
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
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Frank Vincent and Michael Imperioli, as well as Annabella Sciorra would later appear in "The Sopranos" (1999).See more »
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Revealing mistakes: During the dinner about 15 minutes into the film, the position of the sliced bread changes then changes back.See more »
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The Good Reverend Doctor Purify:Have you lost your natural mind, as well as your soul?See more »
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39 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
parental relationships in "Jungle Fever", 4 April 2001
Author: Leigh White (lwhite01@bellarmine.edu) from Louisville, KY, USA

In his opening sequence to Jungle Fever, Spike Lee introduces the pervasive theme of the appropriateness of sex. Through the red haze of a Harlem morning, we are introduced to Flipper and his wife Drew in a very compromising position. Entangled in both the sheets and a moment of passion, the couple begin their morning in copulation, all the while trying desperately not to `wake the baby.' This `baby' could be a child who they've already produced or a child who is potentially in the making.

This notion of sex as a means of producing children runs throughout the film. We find that even after Flipper has begun his relationship with Angela Tucci, he would never think of having children with her. Flipper's fear of having mixed (`octoon, quadroon, mulatto') children is very high. We learn that his wife is mixed herself. Her father is white and her mother is black. During the scene in her office, we get a glimpse of the kind of heartache that she has suffered from her skin color, a result of the intermingling of the two races of her parents. This sex-and-its-aftermath theme manifests itself in the dysfunctional parent/child(ren) relationships throughout the film. Angie is tied to her father and two brothers as a sort of domestic slave. Not only does she have to work hard in a distant part of town all day, but she also has to return home to cook for and clean up after her three male family members. She seems to receive no financial or emotional support for her efforts either. This becomes very clear when her father beats her up after learning of her relationship with Flipper. We see a similar relationship develop with Paulie and his father. His father's constant nagging about the number of each of the periodicals that he orders on a daily basis coupled with his lack of gratefulness for the meals that he cooks for him each day drive Paulie mad. Though Paulie's father isn't as physically abusive as Angela's father is, we see his proclivity toward violence we he forces his way into the bathroom and whaps a teary-eyed Paulie on the head with a magazine. Eventually, Paulie is able to stand up to his father, telling him `I'm not your f***ing wife; I'm your son.'

The most powerful and destructive parent/child(ren) relationship that unfolds on the screen is that of Flipper's family, including his brother Gator and both of his parents. Lee's choice to introduce the reverend doctor and his wife as parents of Gator first necessarily colors our impression of them as good parents. What type of parents produce a crackhead? Certainly not the same type of parents that produce an upstanding architect, but maybe the type of parents who would rear an interracial adulterer. Other than Drew, who we really never see interact with her child, Gator's mother is the only mother to which we're physically exposed in the text. She loves both of her children and would rather not talk about the problems that exist in their relationships. Instead, she closes her eyes to the truth of Gator's drug habit and hands him money while he does the dances that she likes, and she would rather change the subject at the dinner table than broach the topic of adultery. This approach to parenting doesn't work any better than that of her counterpart. The reverend doctor doesn't ever want to really talk to his kids about their problems without using biblical metaphors. These one-sided diatribes seem to drown out any potential discussions just as much as the wailing of his favorite Mahalia Jackson records. In the end, he must kill his neglected son because he has deteriorated so extensively from crack use. The film's concluding sequence has brought us full circle. The framing of the newspaper landing on Flipper's stoop initially suggests that everything has returned to normal - that Drew has accepted her husband back into her life. Their daughter's smiles and giggles also point to the same conclusion. But we find, as Drew rolls over in bed and tells Flipper he better leave, that the sex is only a temporary fix for a desire for pleasure. The sex will not solve the problems that it has created. In the film's resolution, we see echoes of Paulie's father's former explosion in the bathroom: `All they think marriage is for is humping.'

The final, seemingly confusing line of the film - `Yo, daddy, I'll suck your big black d*** for $2.' - sums up this theme well. It both mirrors in video and echoes in audio an almost identical part from earlier in the film. When Flipper was walking his daughter to school, a crack whore approaches him with the offer, `I'll suck your d*** for $5.' By the film's end, the price has lowered, the sex has been cheapened, and the whore is addressing Flipper as `daddy.' In this final line, the importance of parent/child relationships is emphatic. Sex, a supposedly physical manifestation of love, often results in a product - a child. This child will then live in a society where sex and love is misguided or undirected altogether.

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