Jungle Fever

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Jungle Fever ★★★ 1991 (R)

Married black architect's affair with his white secretary provides the backdrop for a cold look at interracial love. Focuses more on the discomfort of friends and families than with the intense world created by the lovers for themselves. Provides the quota of humor and fresh insight we expect from Lee, but none of the joyous sexuality experienced by the lovers in “She's Gotta Have It.” In fact, Lee tells viewers that interracial love is unnatural, never more than skin deep, never more than a blind obsession with the allure of the opposite race. Very fine cast but if you don't agree with Lee, a real disappointment as well. 131m/C VHS, DVD . Michael Imperioli, Nicholas Turturro, Steven Randazzo, Joseph (Joe) D'Onofrio, Michael Badalucco, Debi Mazar, Gina Mastrogiacomo, Phyllis Stickney, Theresa Randle, Pamela Tyson, Rick Aiello, Miguel (Michael) Sandoval, Doug E. Doug, Queen Latifah, Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, John Turturro, Samuel L. Jackson, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Lonette McKee, Anthony Quinn, Spike Lee, Halle Berry, Tyra Ferrell, Veronica Webb, Frank Vincent, Tim Robbins, Brad Dourif, Richard Edson; D: Spike Lee; W: Spike Lee; C: Ernest R. Dickerson; M: Terence Blanchard. N.Y. Film Critics ‘91: Support. Actor (Jackson).