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A married African-American architect and an Italian woman embark on a charged sexual affair - their interracial romance is a springboard to explore a host of modern issues in this powerhouse drama. With Samuel L. Jackson.
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Director Spike Lee focuses upon the subject of interracial relationships in 'JungleFever". I Thought that this was a well done film, with all the performances being first-rate! Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra were excellent as Flipper Purify and Angela Tucci. And the supporting performances by Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, Lonette McKee, Frank Vincent, and the late, great Anthony Quinn, elevated this film!
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2011
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.
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2006
What a great movie. It's very sad to watch in some respects. The colour of someones skin should not create the problems that occured in this film. It shouldn't matter if you are black or white and fall in love with your 'opposite'. It should come down to the kind of person you are. This is an honest look at the way people can react to interracial relationships which I hope has changed over the years since this was made. Wesley Snipes does an excellent job here (he's so hot - and I'm white but yet I LOVE him) and Spike Lee does another excellent job at direction. Samuel L Jackson and Ossie Davis are great and one of my all time favourite female movie stars Annabella Sciora is tremendous as the mistress of Wesley. She's Italian and has her own problems with her family understanding her. Overall, this is an exceptional film (with a younger Halle Berry) that also has a great soundtrack. Lots of music by Stevie Wonder, and great acting by all. You have to see this for yourself - you'll love it.
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2013
I loved it!!!! From the Excellent All-Star Cast the excellent Location "Harlem World"and other Brooklyn boroughs, Even the beginning credits were good! I've been a fan of this movie since the early 90's I'm just glad to now have it in my home movie collection! Woo hoo trust that you definitely will be entertained Laugh maybe even cry. Spike Lee takes us through a spiral of emotions including laughter when elaborating about " forbidden fruit* Enjoy, I surely did.
I really liked this movie by Spike Lee, wasn't crazy about the ending but overall it was a good movie. Halle Berry was so good playing a crackhead that I didn't even know that was her at first. This is the performance Halle should've rcvd an award for rather than the sex scene with Billy Bob Thornton in Monster's Ball.
5.0 out of 5 stars“You’re just jealous because she talks to me!” [Pauly]
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 24, 2015
In this 1991 social drama, Flipper Purify (Wesley Snipes), is a successful afro-american architect and is angered when he discovers his new temporary secretary is an Italian-American white woman, Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra). Despite the inauspicious start, they soon find common ground and have an affair. But what happens when the news gets out? The film illustrates quite easily how a secret can soon spiral out of control and although being ’another’ inter –racial love story, this shows how it affects many people from many differing angles, from the family, in the workplace, in restaurants, public places, but most tellingly of all, within friendship circles. It’s not just about black/white or any colour combination, but explores many social stereotypes such as ethnic communities, cultural expectations, drug abuse, religion and even post code snobbery as he’s from Harlem and she’s from Bensonhurst . The single disc opens to a language selection screen offering 7 [mainly Scandinavian ] languages. Main menu offers play, scenes, bonus [featurette and 3 trailers], audio [English/German] and subtitles [as for language screen]. The music is mainly Stevie Wonder but all the music fits well with the story, including Frank Sinatra. With nudity, sex and swearing from the start this is an 18 rating even before the adult themes kick in. The main issue with this film is that it’s now politically outdated, not in it’s social message, but in it’s language, a prime example is the conversation that kicks off their initial friendship, now they would both be hauled in by Human Resources and be sent on an ‘Orientation’ or ‘Racial Awareness’ course or something similar, if not fired. Much of the everyday dialogue is similar and it’s difficult to imagine this being made now. Yet this remains a worthwhile ***** watch although the message does tend to drone on in a very pessimistic way.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 21, 2015
This might not be Spike Lee's most critically-acclaimed film, but it's definitely my favourite. The visuals are just great. Some of the devices Lee used on this looked a bit strange at the time (e.g. Flipper and Cyrus floating instead of walking, the balletic crack-pipes in the Taj Mahal) but they now look nothing other than genius. It would have been very easy for the director to have taken the easy route into social 'realism' i.e. a bleeding heart patronising look at externals, but these devices are a strong reminder that this - when all is said and done - is a work of the imagination. Showing inner lives, hopes, beliefs, mistakes.
The politics of the film are what they are - but there's no didactic vibe: questions are asked, things are explored, but it's up to you to draw your own conclusions.
Much of the acting in this film is memorable:
John Turturro's character Paulie psychologically kicking his father out of a prolonged denial stage of grieving: "I'm not your ____ing wife!".
Samuel L. Jackson's character Gator, "Mama, I smoked the TV". Also his zombie dance move before (spoiler warning) his dad shoots him in the stomach.
Wesley Snipes' character Flipper is played with subtlety - watch his readiness to laugh in the earlier parts of the film compared with who he becomes at the end.
Watching this for the first time since its original VHS release, the thing that strikes you most is that it's a love story - simple as that. Flipper and Drew, Paulie and Orin. Spike Lee's biggest piece of magic here is that the characters are big enough to withstand the exigencies of the film's plot. I wish I could say the same about Love Actually, but I can't.