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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Cast & Crew
|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|
|Wynn P. Thomas||Production Designer|
|Stevie Wonder||Score Composer,Songwriter|
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The worst part of the movie is that it leads its audience to the horrible stereotype that people who do get involved with someone else who happens to be of another race SOLELY gets involved for sex. Now that is a poor and simplistic view of people and life. The relationship between Angie and Flipper is a relationship that ANY random people without strong values or people tempted on the spot could have. It is not clear WHY it's more interesting simply because these two people are of different races. I find the movie to be very stereotypical and basically racist. This movie was not likable because although it purports to explore an interracial relationship, it boils everything down to race and sex. It is not clear why Flipper cheats. We don't get to know the characters very well. Spike Lee does have interesting ideas overall but he is definitely misled on that one. Thanks to Spike, people can go on imagining that people involved in interracial relationships only like each other because of sex and that is simply untrue and a poor view of people. A good part of the movie is that it was probably one of the first movies that showed people of different colors interacting. In this country it is rare to see black males in leading roles.
This is one of Spike Lee's most misunderstood and controversial films. On the surface many people see this film as a ''WAKE UP CALL'' for people of different races who are involved with one another. As a stereotypical film that reinforces the myth of the Black man/ White woman relationship,showing us that they are all only about experimentation in sexual fantasy. But it's far from that. This is the first film in which a director doesn't showcase his own opinoin. This film, under deep analysis, is Spike Lee's way of bringing to the forefront an ideology that has haunted american culture since it's begginning. An ideology that says that black man want and possibly need to ''cross the fence'' and sleep with a white woman. He allows for people of both races, partiucularly the black women, to vent and finally let the world hear loud and clear their position on the subject, staying nuetral the entire time. Many people will ask the quesion, as did the other person who reviewed this film, why is the race of the two people important? Why don't we get a real glimpse at why they would sacrifcie everything for ''curiosity''. These are questions that are never answered, and righly so. Leaving these elements out of the film seems like a fault on Lee's part, but it's only away for him to effectively allow for the other events of the film to happen. It allows for the uproaring in each of their communities. It allows for the frustrations of their loved ones to be publicly announced. This film is more about infedelity then race. Yeah race plays a huge part in it, and we probably get a glimpse at some overexagerrated opinoins in Paulie's newspaper shop. But in no way is Lee refuting interracial relatinships but according to the title and the references to the title in the film Lee refutes the ''fever''. If you watch this film closely you will see an interracial relationship forming between two people who have the right to be together. When I say right I mean Flipper is married and rather Angie was pink,blue,or purple it was still wrong. But not the case with the other relationship that is slowly forming in the film. Paulie has just broken up with his girlfriend, and Orin doesn't even have a significant other. Lee treats this relationship with a certain respect. As we see these two interact with one another Lee makes us want them to get together. By the end of the film, as the audience, you are sitting back basking in the thought of these two actually having a nice relationship, even though we already know that they will be met with judgement by both of their peers, evident in the last scene when Paulie is assaulted by his friends, on his way to meet Orin for their date. Although this film does show a very stereotypical story of an interracial relatinship, it doesn't do it in vain. It allows you to go into a world where two people must live with their choices and presents a reality. This is an excellent film and everyone should see it.
Most everyone missed the ''Real Issue'' here and that was/is the way crack has/is destroyed/destroying the black community. Spike Lee used the controversial ''swirl'' thang, just to give people something to talk about. You must see the movie again. We know that things will not change in race relations in this country, but we can do something about drugs ruining our black families.....''WAKE UP''!!!!