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Jungle Fever Details


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


Awarded by
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


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
Ruby Dee
as Lucinda Purify
John Turturro
as Paulie Carbone
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
Rick Aiello
as Officer Long
Randolph May
as Man in Crack Den
Tim Robbins
as Jerry
Scot Anthony Robinson
as 2nd Friend of Livin' Large
Charlie Murphy
as Livin' Large
Yvette Brooks
as Mouth #1
Mamie Louise Anderson
as Mouth #2
Shawn Lowenthal
as 2nd Boy in Candy Store
Michael Imperioli
as James Tucci
Theresa Randle
as Inez
Bob Adrian
as Man on the Street
Suzanna White
as Church Lady
Danielle Coleman
as Woman Panhandler
Joseph D'Onofrio
as Patty
Richard Edson
Catherine Scorsese
Debi Mazar
as Denise
Queen Latifah
as Lashawn
Doug E. Doug
as Friend of Livin' Large
Curtis Atkins
as Paperboy
Averell Curtle
as Young Panhandler
Pamela Tyson
as Angela
Joseph Giammarino
as Boy in Candy Store
Franc D'Ambrosio
Michael Badalucco
as Frankie Botz
Nicholas Turturro
as Vinny
Brad Dourif
as Leslie
Tiger Haynes
Anthony Nocerino
as Veeshay
Frank Esposito
as Frankie-Denise's Brother
Marilyn Nelson
as Crack Lady
Phyllis Stickney
as Nilda
Miguel Sandoval
as Officer Ponte
Melvin Bethea
as Drug Dealer
Charles Scorsese
Talese Harris
as Iris
El-Shah Muhammad
as Gentleman in Wheelchair
Ewart Lauder
as Drug Dealer
Steve Randazzo
as Sonny
Gina Mastrogiacomo
as Louise


Spike Lee
Spike Lee
Jon Kilik
Spike Lee
Ernest R. Dickerson
Terence Blanchard
Composer (Music Score)
Sam Pollard
Brunilda Torres
Wynn P. Thomas
Production Designer
Monty Ross
Ted Glass
Set Designer
Ruth E. Carter
Costume Designer
Robi Reed