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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

Writer:

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

During a scuffle in Paulie's (John Turturro's) store, a man can be seen reading a newspaper with a front headline that reads "Doin' The Right Thing". This is a reference to Do the Right Thing (1989), also written and directed by Spike Lee. 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: Lord have mercy... on your twisted soul!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are printed on roadsigns that move across the frame. See more »

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He Calmed the Ocean
Arranged and Performed by Mahalia Jackson
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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THE MUSICAL SCORE
22 December 1998 | by bazdolSee all my reviews

I think that the importance of music in Spike Lee's films, especially this one, is not always appreciated. Some viewers apparently regard the scores as obtrusive and perhaps detracting from his films. I think not.

In "Jungle," the music in the scene between Gator and his mother, where the good reverend comes upon Gator trying to wring some money from his mother, is especially forceful. Lee slowly cranks up the volume as the tension increases until one almost screams for someone to turn it down. In another scene, Sinatra is almost thrown in your face.


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