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521 Ratings

Jungle Fever

Directed by Spike Lee
United States, 1991
Drama, Romance


Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary.

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Jungle Fever Directed by Spike Lee

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1991 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

1991 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

National Board of Review

1991 | Winner: Top Ten Films

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1991 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

1992 | 5 nominations including: Best Supporting Actor

It’s Angie you feel most sorry for. This is one of the few times I’ve ever seen an actor almost upstage a master director just by turning the temperature down on her performance. Mr. Lee was making a social tragedy. Ms. Sciorra’s starring in a more private one. Her passion — which in one devastating sequence is nearly beaten out of her — departs from all the bigger, louder acting around her.
November 22, 2017
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The movie packs in a hallucinatory visit to “the Trump Towers of crack dens,” clunky depositions on colorism, the most alarming final shot in film history, and a whole lotta scenery-gnawing supporting performances, both bad—Anthony Quinn, as the father of Sideshow Bob–haired John Turturro—and good—Samuel L. Jackson’s sniveling addict Gator.
March 31, 2017
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It’s an idea movie more than a love story, so it can be forgiven for the leads’ lack of chemistry, and for Lee’s long detours with Flipper’s drug-addicted brother (a just-out-of-rehab Samuel L. Jackson), whose personal fever is only different than Flipper’s in the particulars, Lee implies. Less forgivable is Lee’s typical clumsiness depicting Italian-Americans (see also: Son of Sam) and the overwrought score by Terence Blanchard that drowns every scene in sentiment.
March 28, 2017
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