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Jungle Fever Details

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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 works 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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:June 7, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
New York Film Critics Circle Samuel L. Jackson Best Supporting Actor 1991 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Samuel L. Jackson Jury Prize For Best Supporting Actor 1991 Winner

Cast

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

Crew

Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee
Producer
Jon Kilik
Producer
Spike Lee
Screenwriter
Ernest R. Dickerson
Cinematographer
Terence Blanchard
Composer (Music Score)
Brunilda Torres
Editor
Sam Pollard
Editor
Wynn P. Thomas
Production Designer
Monty Ross
Co-producer
Ted Glass
Set Designer
Ruth E. Carter
Costume Designer
Robi Reed
Casting
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