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King of the Jungle (2001)

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Release Date
 USA: Oct 12, 2000
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jan 28, 2003

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King of the Jungle Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong language, some violence and drug content.

Running Time
1 hour, 39 minutes

Country USA

Studio Urbanworld Films

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• King of the Jungle

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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mental Illness, Gay/Lesbian, Prostitution, Drugs, Urban

Tagline: Growing up is hard when you only have one day to do it.

Plot: What happens when society can no longer protect its innocents?

Seymour (John Leguizamo) dreams of becoming a NBA star like the members of his beloved NY Knicks team. Mentally challenged, he lives with his over-protective mother Mona (Julie Carmen) and her lover Joanne (Rosie Perez). Seymour's estranged alcoholic father, Jack (Cliff Gorman) berates him about not being a man and Seymour's only escape is to watch and play basketball at the neighborhood court.

When Mona is slain by a neighborhood thug, as a result of her work as a vocal social activist, Seymour is shattered. The only witness to the murder, Seymour goes looking for revenge.

As he roams the streets looking for the killer, Seymour's fragile emotional state continues to unravel. A violent encounter with the killer only heightens his lust for vengeance. When Seymour finds a gun in the home of his best friend, Francis (Michael Rapaport), it appears that he is destined to succumb to the code of the streets. He has become the King of the Jungle.

Concerned for Seymour's safety, Jack goes in search of his son. When they meet at the neighborhood court, Seymour and Jack engage in a dramatic confrontation. At stake is Seymour's nascent manhood and, ultimately his life.

KING OF THE JUNGLE stars John Leguizamo (Summer of

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 Directed by
Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
A Brother's Kiss, Sunset Park
 Written by
Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
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John Leguizamo
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Rosie Perez
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Julie Carmen
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 Music By
Harry Gregson-Williams
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