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Jungle Fever (1991)

R | | Drama, Romance | 7 June 1991 (USA)
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Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary.

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Spike Lee

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Spike Lee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Veronica Timbers ... Ming
David Dundara David Dundara ... Charlie Tucci
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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>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jungle Fever See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$32,482,682
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

During the dinner about 15 minutes into the film, the position of the sliced bread changes then changes back. See more »

Quotes

Lucinda Purify: What happened to the color TV?
Gator Purify: Mama, I smoked the color TV!
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Behold the Star
Traditional
Arrangement by Terence Blanchard
Performed by The Boys Choir of Harlem
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My brief review of the film
1 July 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

With some interesting ideas about racism, some creative camera-work, and generally solid acting, there is enough in this film to make it worth checking out, albeit not enough to make it a great film. Spike Lee's depiction of a modern society build about racism lacks credibility, as it is hard to believe that the only thing the characters care about is racism-related. Lee's colour scheme hurts the film too, as the hues, in particular the oranges, are very harsh on the eyes, this distracting one from the on screen action. There are also some drug addiction subplots fitted in, to no certain advantage, and despite Terence Blanchard providing a nice multi-style score, it is used rather awkwardly throughout. Plus, there one large unanswered question: is Lee endorsing segregation and racism in the film? Believe it or not, in spite of these problems, the film has enough in it for adequate viewing. Seeing Halle Berry in her first big screen appearance is quite interesting, and Queen Latifah makes her debut appearance too as a waitress. It is very well shot, competently acted and it provides some things to think about, even if it is not too great overall stuff.


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