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Jungle Fever (1991)

Wesley Snipes , Annabella Sciorra , Spike Lee  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Writers: Spike Lee
  • Producers: Spike Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 1998
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783230389
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,428 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jungle Fever" on IMDb

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    This critically acclaimed film from Spike Lee explores the provocative consequences of interracial relationships.Black architect Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes) begins an affair with his working-class Italian secretary (Annabella Sciorra), which causes them to be scrutinized by their friends, cast out from their families and shunned by their neighbors in this moving view of inner-city life.Featuring an original soundtrack by Stevie Wonder, Jungle Fever stars a talented cast including Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Lonette McKee, John Turturro and two-time Academy Award winner Anthony Quinn.

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    21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars GET "JUNGLE FEVER" August 21, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    One of Spike Lee's best films, "Jungle Fever" comments more on race relations in America, than on the subject of adultery. Spike is all over the place with his take on male/female relationships, the devastation wrought on a family and the Black community by crack cocaine, the "color line" in the Italian community and interracial relationships. But he seems to pull it all together to make a powerful film and one of the best of the '90s.
    The acting is terrific with the standout performance being Samuel L. Jackson's as Gator, Wesley Snipes ill fated brother. He's charming, comical and evil all at once. And Wesley showed his range as an actor through his performance as Flipper, the "good son," who has a momentary lapse in character and has an affair with his secretary, Annabella Sciorra. All the performances are great and the actors get you to care about the characters they present. Wesley's performance came after the strong work he did as Nino Brown in "New Jack City" and I don't remember an actor "flippin' the script" on the movie going public like that, going from evil to good, in one year in a long time.
    You could look at Flipper and Angie as symbols of Black and White America, trying to come together and the obstacles we face as a nation when we don't deal with the issue of race honestly. Something we're still going through. This film also deals with our dishonesty with dealing with the drug problem too, and this is where Spike deserves credit. No one is left unexamined by this tale of life and there are no happy endings either from Gator being murdered by his father, to Flipper and Angie breaking up.
    I love how Spike begins and ends the movie.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brutally honest look at interracial relationships December 30, 2005
    To date, Hollywood has produced very few movies dealing with interracial dating or marriage. In Jungle Fever, director Spike Lee (who also co-stars in the film) tackles this complex issue and the controversies surrounding it. The main action revolves around a middle-class Black architect, Flipper Purify (played by Wesley Snipes), and his extra-marital affair with his white, Italian-American secretary, Angela (Anabella Sciorra). Flipper and Angela have a burning sexual attraction for one another, fueled by racist sexual stereotypes each has for the opposite race. These passions culminate in a one-night stand that eventually drags out for several weeks. In the meantime, both people are forced to deal with the social implications of their actions - Flipper for cheating on his wife and, equally, for sleeping with a white woman; while Angela becomes an outcast in her Italian-American neighborhood for sleeping with a black man.

    Some people have attacked Spike Lee's Jungle Fever by claiming that Lee is condemning interracial relationships. This is nonsense. Lee is neither promoting nor condemning interracial dating...he is merely analyzing the strong stigma Americans (Black and White alike) attach to dating outside of one's respective race. In the film Lee gives equal time to the anger and hostility that many whites and blacks have against dating across racial lines.

    Anyone who has ever been involved in an interracial relationship will be able to relate to this movie. The movie struck a personal note with me, as I have exerienced the stares, glares, heads shaking in disgust, and snide comments that whites, blacks, and Latinos alike have given me regarding interracial dating. This movie is brutally honest; it does not sugarcoat a sensitive topic.
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    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Untitled July 24, 1999
    Format:VHS Tape
    Jungle Fever showcases alot of brilliant performances by so many actors involved in this film. The most powerful, disturbing piece of acting is performed by Samuel Jackson as a strung out crackhead. The first time I saw him in this movie it gave me goosebumps. His "devil dance" at the end of the film is so disturbingly frightning, it elevates Samuel's acting to a whole other level. Spike Lee is a genious and he gets the most out of his actors. i absolutely love and admire his filmaking. The movie is an emotional rollercoaster. Don't be misled, it's not only about interracial dating, it also examines the psychological affects interracial dating has on the family. This movie probes into the lives of all the other people involved. Creatively directed and rich with color and a timeless soundtrack by Stevie Wonder, Jungle Fever is a Spike Lee classic of epic proportions. And you can't beat the price! *No, i don't work for either Spike Lee or, I just think this is a great film!
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    6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite catching the fever... August 22, 2008

    In preparing to write my own review for this film I happened to read The New Yorker's review posted on this site and realized that it took the words right out of my mouth, so please, forgive me if this sounds a tad repetitious.

    On with the review...

    I finally got around to watching `Jungle Fever' last week. I have to admit that all week I've been singing `Jungle Fever' to just about everyone I see, and at times even to myself (that song is just so catchy) but when it came to actually dissecting the film I realized that as a whole there isn't much to remember. Knowing that the basis of this film is a heated affair between a married black man and his white (Italian) co-worker you'd think that there would be a lot to write home about, but the affair is really only here to spark heated debate about whether or not the white women are stealing the black men. Once Flipper (yeah, that's his `real' name) and Angela `do the deed' they seem to become detached and uninterested with one another and the film spars off in another direction completely.

    Spike Lee has always been a director for racial controversy, and for the most part his studies work (they tower above the mediocrity that is Tyler Perry, that's for sure) but `Jungle Fever' seems to get lost in its own opinions and ideals. Lee doesn't seem to be able to transfer his feelings on the subject of `race relations' in a coherent and tactful way. Everyone's conversations on the matter are completely one sided and only prove to further embellish stereotypes, which is not something I expect from Spike Lee's work.

    In moments, `Jungle Fever' reaches `Crash' depths of racial shallowness. What `Jungle Fever' does have on its side is its age.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    very poor quality.....look like a boot-leg version
    Published 2 months ago by Ms. Georgia Peach
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    dvd of jungle fever arrived on time and operated with no problems
    Published 3 months ago by Michael A. Mallon
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    this is a good movies, it brings back some good and bad memories, too bad it still existes.
    Published 3 months ago by bunny64
    5.0 out of 5 stars Richie 683
    Annnabella Sciorra did a great job as The Italian Secretary Angela "Angie" Tucci. Frank Vincent did excellent as her hot-tempered father Mike Tucci. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Carol A. Blackburn
    4.0 out of 5 stars I love movies! !
    I like all the movies I got from you guys! ! Thank you I will be coming back in the near future
    Published 6 months ago by Robert Moore Jr
    5.0 out of 5 stars Jungle Fever Classic
    Jungle fever was a classic movie. Today ter-racial relationships are so common nowadays. I have friends who are involved with inter-racial marriages. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Char
    5.0 out of 5 stars Intense
    I really really liked this movie! It explores some important issues. Also a great cast, and a lot of fascinating characters.
    Published 9 months ago by kc
    5.0 out of 5 stars YES!
    I loved it!!!! From the Excellent All-Star Cast the excellent Location "Harlem World"and other Brooklyn boroughs,
    Even the beginning credits were good! Read more
    Published 11 months ago by Talisha Nicholson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
    Works good and a very good movie that Spike Lee created. Has good meaning be hide it.

    I thank you
    Published 14 months ago by phantommaster
    4.0 out of 5 stars A tragic, frustrating, and fiercely political critique on issues more...
    "If you thought Othello and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? were the social critiques about interracial relationships of our time, wait until you watch Jungle Fever which can be... Read more
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