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Jungle Fever

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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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    • 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 Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: December 15, 1998
    • Run Time: 132 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: 0783230389
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,934 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Jungle Fever" on IMDb

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    By L. Kelsey on 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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    There is alot going on in this movie. Cheating, interracial dating, racial predjudices between white and black, between black and black and for a cherry on top they also throw in the crack epidemic. Which I have to say that Samuel L. Jackson plays a crack head incredibly well. And I have to also give it to Halle Berry for not always having to play the "glamor girl" because she got down and dirty in this one and played his crack head girl friend. There is definately some good acting in here, also done by Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. Overall I think it is a good movie but what I just absoloutely hate about this movie is the scene where there are a group of black women in a room complaining about how all of the white women want to steal their men and how only light skin black women can get dates. I'm sure that you can take the scene as "well they were just angry and venting and that was just their opinion", but the way it was done, in this "forum" type setting gave it the appearance of more than just an "opinion" and made it seem like it was a factual message that the movie was trying to give out. A message that I think is absolutely false. Of course there are white women that like black men and there are some black men that will only choose a light black over a darker one(I know it sounds silly to even say it, but thats a whole other story LOL), but to send the message that all white women want black men and that dark black women can't get dates is just false and misleading. The scene would had been more effective if maybe some other black women could had been sitting there and gave some other points of view, but again, that probably wasn't the movie's aim to show all sides. Other than that the movie is funny and serious at the same time and at times a little weird, but it is a weirdness that you can deal with. Atleast I can. Except for the one scene that I mentioned, I think this is a good movie.
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    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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