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Jungle Fever (1991) Poster

(1991)

Trivia

When Angie is cooking dinner for her father and brothers, she is seen wearing a Kearney Tigers sweatshirt. The Kearney Tigers are a basketball team belonging to a popular all girls high school in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
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Samuel L. Jackson had just undergone treatment for drug addiction, and had only two weeks from his discharge from rehab to the start of filming. Jackson has gone on record as saying that Gator's ravaged look was not make-up, but actually the result of Jackson's own detoxification.
The Cannes Film Festival introduced the Best Supporting Actor Award specifically to honor Samuel L. Jackson. Previous honorees in the same category are Jack Thompson in Breaker Morant (1980) and Ian Holm in Chariots of Fire (1981).
Halle Berry refused to bathe for two weeks in preparation for her role as a crack addict.
According to Bill Lee, Spike Lee's father, the film is a result of Spike's anger at Bill, for marrying a white woman shortly after Spike's mother died.
John Turturro wrote many of his own lines, which Spike Lee incorporated into the script.
Halle Berry's movie debut.
Queen Latifah's film debut.
During a scuffle in Paulie's store, a man can be seen reading a newspaper with a front headline that reads "Doin' The Right Thing." Most likely this is a reference to one of Spike Lee's earlier films, Do the Right Thing (1989).
Denzel Washington was considered to play Flipper.
Debi Mazar tells her boyfriend in the car that she wants to listen to Madonna. Mazar is a longtime friend of Madonna's, having been her make-up artist before getting into acting, and later appeared in a few of her videos including "Papa Don't Preach", "True Blue" and "Music". Mazar also threw Madonna her bridal shower, prior to her marriage to Sean Penn.
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Marisa Tomei turned down the role of Angie Tucci because of scheduling conflicts with My Cousin Vinny (1992).
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Halle Berry, Tim Robbins, and Anthony Quinn; and five Oscar nominees: Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Dourif, Queen Latifah, Ruby Dee, and Spike Lee.
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Frank Vincent, Michael Imperioli, and Annabella Sciorra would later appear in The Sopranos (1999).
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Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Vincent, and Michael Imperioli previously appeared in Goodfellas (1990) (all three of whom played a character who was killed by Joe Pesci's character), which was directed by Martin Scorsese. Scorsese produced Spike Lee's Clockers (1995), which also stars Imperiolli.
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When Flipper walks into the "Taj Mahal" crackhouse to find his brother Gator, the crackhouse is an homage to the crackhouse in New Jack City (1991), where Wesley Snipes starred as a drug lord.
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Rick Aiello and Miguel Sandoval reprise their roles as Officers Long and Ponte from Do the Right Thing (1989), appearing in the scene where they pull up and try to arrest Flipper.
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Three cast members go on to play Marvel superheroes. Halle Berry plays Storm in the X-Men franchise. Samuel L. Jackson plays Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Wesley Snipes plays Blade in the Blade trilogy.
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When Flipper resigns and Jerry and Leslie pursue him as he leaves the office, there is an exchange that goes - Leslie: "Who's gonna play third base?" Flipper: "I don't give a damn who plays third base." This is very similar to lines from 'Who's on First?', the classic Abbot and Costello skit.
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Cameo 

Giancarlo Esposito: A homeless man picking up Flipper's belongings while his wife throws them out of the window. This cameo role also serves as another reference to Do the Right Thing (1989) as the homeless man is in fact the very same Buggin' Out character that protested Sal's lack of African-Americans on his wall of fame.

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Spike Lee has mentioned several times in interviews that he used the Marvin Gaye shooting incident, in which Marvin's step-father shot him, as the inspiration for The Good Reverend Doctor shooting Gator.

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