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Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever
Wesley Snipes, Anabella Sciorra, Lonette McKee, John Turturro, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis

Rated: R for nudity and sexually explicit language.
Reviewed by: Frank and Chris  
Release date: June 7, 1991

An interracial romance between an African-American architect, Flipper (Wesley Snipes) and an Italian-American secretary, Angie (Anabella Sciorra) is the focus of Spike Lee's newest film.

Flipper is happily married to Drew (Lonette McKee) and they have a little girl. Angie is engaged to a childhood friend, Pauline (John Turturro). None of that stops them from starting an affair that enrages their families and friends. Both sides are full of hatred and prejudice. Paulie owns a candy store which serves as a meeting place for Italian bigots in the Bensonhurst section of New York, and Drew and her girlfriends gather in Harlem to discuss, in the crudest of terms, why black men want to date white women and vice-versa. Flipper's parents (Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis) are also upset by their son's actions. Flipper and Angie get together mostly out of curiosity and never expect the distrust and violence that results from their union.

The background music, most of which is composed and performed by Stevie Wonder, is sometimes so loud and obtrusive the it makes the dialogue difficult to hear,

The large cast is exceptional, especially Davis as Flipper's strict Baptist preacher father, and Turturro as the boyfriend Angie leaves behind. The direction by Lee is interesting and innovative. His street scenes are visually exciting. This is a good film that examines race questions which are bold and disquieting.

  Frank Chris Jim Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Jungle Fever  A   A                     A 

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