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Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever is a 1991 drama film directed by Spike Lee, starring Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra. It is Lee's fifth feature length film.

Plot

The plot centers on the interracial romance between a successful married African American architect, Flipper Purify (Snipes), and an Italian-American woman, Angie Tucci (Sciorra). The two meet at their workplace in New York, an architectural firm where Purify works and Tucci is hired as a temporary secretary. The lovers come under intense pressure from their friends and family as a result of their relationship. The title of the film refers to the sexual attraction of white people to black people.

A subplot considers the problems of drug abuse, with Flipper's brother Gator (Samuel L. Jackson) a crack addict.

The film is notable as the screen debut of Halle Berry, who would later become the first African American winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for Monster's Ball. It was also Queen Latifah's screen debut.

Cast
Actor Character
Wesley Snipes Flipper Purify
Annabella Sciorra Angie Tucci
Spike Lee Cyrus
Ossie Davis The Reverend Doctor Purify
Ruby Dee Lucinda Purify
Samuel L. Jackson Gator Purify
Lonette McKee Drew
John Turturro Paulie Carbone
Frank Vincent Mike Tucci
Anthony Quinn Lou Carbone
Halle Berry Vivian
Tyra Ferrell Orin Goode
Veronica Webb Vera
David Dundara Charlie Tucci
Michael Imperioli James Tucci
Nicholas Turturro Vinny
Michael Badalucco Frankie Botz
Debi Mazar Denise
Gina Mastrogiacomo Louise
Tim Robbins Jerry
Brad Dourif Leslie
Theresa Randle Inez
Miguel Sandoval Officer Ponte
Charlie Murphy Livin' Large
Doug E. Doug Friend of Livin' Large
Queen Latifah LaShawn

Soundtrack

See: Jungle Fever (soundtrack).

Awards

External links

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