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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Flipper Purify
... Angie Tucci
... Cyrus
... The Good Reverend Doctor Purify
... Lucinda Purify
... Gator Purify
... Drew
... Paulie Carbone
... Mike Tucci
... Lou Carbone
... Vivian
... Orin Goode
... Vera
Veronica Timbers ... Ming
David Dundara ... Charlie Tucci
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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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Drama | Romance

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

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7 June 1991 (USA)  »

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A Febre da Selva  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$32,482,682
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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. See more »

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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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Flipper Purify: There's something you should know. I'm having an affair.
Cyrus: H-bomb! H-bomb!
Flipper Purify: It gets worse. She's white.
Cyrus: Nuclear holocaust!
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This was the era when Spike Lee got as good as he ever got.
20 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Spike Lee made "Jungle Fever" in the era when he also made masterpieces like "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X". I will admit that the subject matter here is nothing that we haven't seen many times (an interracial love story), but Lee knows how to do without getting idiotic or manipulating emotions. In this case, African-American Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes) has an affair with Italian-American co-worker Angela Tucci (Annabella Sciorra), thereby setting off a racially charged chain reaction.

A previous reviewer said that Lee throws in so many subplots that the movie gets too confusing. I agree that the various subplots do this to an extent, but I think that Lee mainly wanted to show how people's lives were getting affected by the series of events portrayed. There were some clichés, namely the bigoted Bensonhurst residents, but this is certainly a well done movie. Watch for a young Halle Berry as a crack addict, and I believe that Queen Latifah appears as a waitress.


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