Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever

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Cast: Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Anthony Quinn

     
 

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Spike Lee defines "jungle fever" as sexual attraction between members of two races. In his film Jungle Fever, he examines the repercussions of an interracial affair upon two very distinct communities. Wesley Snipes is Flipper, a happily married and successful architect, and See more details below

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Spike Lee defines "jungle fever" as sexual attraction between members of two races. In his film Jungle Fever, he examines the repercussions of an interracial affair upon two very distinct communities. Wesley Snipes is Flipper, a happily married and successful architect, and Annabella Sciorra is Angie, an office temp. When she starts working in Flipper's Manhattan office, one day they look at each other and are soon having sex over a blueprint-strewn desk. Their liaison causes an explosion on both homefronts. Flipper's family consists of his father Doctor Purify (Ossie Davis), a former preacher; his mother Lucinda (Ruby Dee); his violent, crackhead brother Gator (Samuel L. Jackson); and his wife Drew (Lonette McKee), whom he loves, despite his sexual attraction to Angie. Angie's family is a typical Italian-American household from Bensonhurst. She's engaged to Paulie Carbonne (John Turturro), who in a deli owned by his father Lou (Anthony Quinn). When the two families find out about Flipper and Angie's affair, their shock leads to recriminations and racial animosity.

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All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Focused on interracial relationships, Jungle Fever deals less with race than with how and why relationships go sour -- usually because people get into them for the wrong reasons and with the wrong expectations. Race is the main problem in the short-lived romance of Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes) and Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra), but mainly because they deny that race forms almost the whole basis of their attraction. On the other hand, the budding romance of Paulie (John Turturro) and Nilda (Phillis Stickney) makes clear that race isn't an issue if two people love each other. While Lee looks at romance at its best and worst, he also examines a family in collapse, as crack addict Gator (Samuel L. Jackson, in a remarkable performance that won a special award at the Cannes Film Festival) betrays his family's trust to support his habit. In short, like most of Spike Lee's best films, Jungle Fever has a lot more to say than a one-line description would lead you to believe, and, as always, Lee puts across his message with intelligence, skill, humanity, and occasional (and welcome) humor.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/1993
UPC:
0096898109338
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios

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Performance Credits
Wesley Snipes Flipper Purify
Annabella Sciorra Angie Tucci
Spike Lee Cyrus
Anthony Quinn Lou Carbone
Ossie Davis The Good Reverend Doctor Purify
Ruby Dee Lucinda Purify
John Turturro Paulie Carbone
Samuel L. Jackson Gator Purify
Lonette McKee Drew
Frank Vincent Mike Tucci
Halle Berry Vivian
Tyra Ferrell Orin Good
Veronica Webb Vera
Veronica Timbers Ming
David Dundara Charlie Tucci
Franc D'Ambrosio Actor
Joseph D'Onofrio Patty
Richard Edson Actor
Catherine Scorsese Actor
Charles Scorsese Actor
Michael Imperioli James Tucci
Nicholas Turturro Vinny
Steve Randazzo Sonny
Michael Badalucco Frankie Botz
Anthony Nocerino Veeshay
Debi Mazar Denise
Gina Mastrogiacomo Louise
Tim Robbins Jerry
Brad Dourif Leslie
Phyllis Stickney Nilda
Theresa Randle Inez
Pamela Tyson Angela
Rick Aiello Officer Long
Miguel Sandoval Officer Ponte
Charlie Murphy Livin' Large
Talese Harris Iris
Averell Curtle Young Panhandler
Melvin Bethea Drug Dealer
Ewart Lauder Drug Dealer
Randolph May Man in Crack Den
El-Shah Muhammad Gentleman in Wheelchair
Suzanna White Church Lady
Danielle Coleman Woman Panhandler
Marilyn Nelson Crack Lady
Bob Adrian Man on the Street
Doug E. Doug Friend of Livin' Large
Scot Anthony Robinson 2nd Friend of Livin' Large
Frank Esposito Frankie-Denise's Brother
Joseph Giammarino Boy in Candy Store
Shawn Lowenthal 2nd Boy in Candy Store
Queen Latifah Lashawn
Curtis Atkins Paperboy
Yvette Brooks Mouth #1
Mamie Louise Anderson Mouth #2
Tiger Haynes Actor

Technical Credits
Spike Lee Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
H.H. Cooper Asst. Director
Ernest R. Dickerson Cinematographer
Randy Fletcher Asst. Director
Ted Glass Set Decoration/Design
Jon Kilik Producer
Sam Pollard Editor
Robi Reed Casting
Monty Ross Co-producer
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Brunilda Torres Editor
Stevie Wonder Score Composer,Songwriter

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