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King of the Jungle (2000)

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In the spirit of "Of Mice and Men," John Leguizamo stars in his most dramatic role to date as Seymour, a mentally challenged young man living in New York. Seymour's happy New York Knicks ... See full summary »

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Mona
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Jack
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Det. Costello
Justin Pierce ...
Lil' Mafia
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Lydia Morreto
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Pucho
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Dead-Eye (as Blaze)
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Basketball Kid #1
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Colon
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Fat Ming
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In the spirit of "Of Mice and Men," John Leguizamo stars in his most dramatic role to date as Seymour, a mentally challenged young man living in New York. Seymour's happy New York Knicks fan existence comes to a tragic end after he witnesses the assassination of his mother, a renowned civil rights activist. Things go from bad to worse when Seymour locates a firearm in the home of his best friend, Francis (Michael Rapaport). Determined, desperate and deranged, Seymour goes on one man's journey to find his mother's killers and bring them to justice. Featuring an award-winning ensemble, acclaimed screenwriter and playwright Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's heartfelt drama includes John Leguizamo (Emmy Award winner, "Freak"; Golden Globe nominee, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything), Rosie Perez (Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee; Boston Society of Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics and Los Angeles Film Critics winner, Fearless), Annabella Sciorra ("The Sopranos," Copland, What Dreams May Come) ... Written by Anonymous

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Growing up is hard when you only have one day to do it. See more »

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Rated R for strong language, some violence and drug content
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$11,652 (USA) (9 November 2001)

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$27,161 (USA) (23 November 2001)
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The second time Seymour fires the pistol over the water, the cocked hammer can be seen as "firing" before the barrel-flash and sound effect. See more »

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Great Job John!
15 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This isn't one of the most well written films I have seen in a long time, with some very noticeable flaws and a forgettable ending, but one thing makes this movie worth an 8/10 and its John Leguizamo. To date my favorite performances and the ones I feel were the standard for playing a character who is in some form mentally handicapped were, Leonardo Di'Caprio (the only movie he has actually done anything worth mentioning in to date) in "Whats Eating Gilbert Grape", and Sean Penn in "I AM Sam". Now there is a third to add to this list. John Leguizamo in this film. I almost am willing to say that this tops the other two performances, but it is a close call. Up until this role I had yet to see a decent job done in a movie by Leguizamo, feeling that he was a one trick pony, only knowing how to do comedy. After this film, I won't think that ever again. He puts in a brilliant performance, that stands head and shoulders above this good cast that played with him in this movie, and surpasses a lot of performances for the year. All I can say is he saved this movie from being a total bore, and he definitely did his research! Great performance, and this movie should be watched simply for his performance and how well he nails it!


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