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For the "Jungle Fever" song, see Jungle Fever (song)

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


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, as well as Jackson's first notable performance; both would go on to become Oscar nominees.



See: Jungle Fever (soundtrack).

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