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MPAA Rating - R

    132 Minutes


Original Release Date:
    Dec 15, 1998

    Spike Lee

    Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Anthony Quinn, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee

Movie Summary
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 Flippers 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. Flippers 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. Angies family is a typical Italian-American household from Bensonhurst. Shes engaged to Paulie Carbonne (John Turturro), who in a deli owned by his father Lou (Anthony Quinn). When the two families find out about Flipper and Angies affair, their shock leads to recriminations and racial animosity. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide


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