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Jungle Fever (1991)

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Release Date
• USA: Jun 7, 1991
DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 15, 1998

Budget $14,000,000

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

Running Time
2 hours, 12 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Universal Pictures

Studio 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Mule Filmworks, Universal

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• Jungle Fever (1991)

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Genre: Drama, Erotic, Racy, Drugs, Infidelity, Murder, Deception, Urban

Plot: Spike Lee's drama is a complex, multilayered, and volatile look at interracial romance in present-day New York City. Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes), an up-and-coming African American architect, seems to have it all: a successful career, a nice apartment on a renovated street in Harlem, a beautiful, intelligent wife whom he adores, and a bright, loving daughter. The last thing he expects is to find himself in an affair with a blue-collar Italian American from Bensonhurst. But soon after Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra) comes to work in his office, the two end up staying late together and having intimate talks over takeout Chinese food. Inevitably a romance begins, leaving Flipper and Angie caught up in the fury and suspicion of the racial prejudice of their families and friends. As their lives unravel, so does their affair, and they wonder if their relationship ever had a chance from the beginning. As usual with Lee, he isn’t content to tackle simply one issue in his films--in JUNGLE FEVER, he addresses, for perhaps the first time, the drug epidemic in the African American community. In this subplot, Samuel L. Jackson plays Gator, Flipper’s crackhead brother, with an intensity that is almost too painful to watch.

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 Directed by
Spike Lee
Inside Man, 25th Hour, He Got Game
 Written by
Spike Lee
3 A.M., Inside Man, 25th Hour
Wesley Snipes
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Annabella Sciorra
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Spike Lee
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Samuel L. Jackson
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Lonette McKee
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John Turturro
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Frank Vincent
Goodfellas, Casino, Raging Bull
 Music By
Terence Blanchard
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