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      This movie had about a million layers. First and foremost you’ve got the issue behind the title: the love affair between a black man and a white woman. Then, there is the issue of family loyalty and drug abuse.

      There are several subsets of issues within each one. But

      Spike Lee really did a fabulous job of weaving them all together.

      That, combined with Stevie Wonder’s WONDERFUL score, made Jungle Fever a classic in the early 1990’s. The story takes place in NYC, with a few of its characters hailing from the Bensonhurst area.

      We get to take a peek into Flipper’s (Wesley Snipes) family life. This is when we get to ...

      • see Halle Berry portraying the crackiest crackhead I’ve ever seen.

        She really did a bang up job on that one. She actually refused to bathe for 2 weeks in preparation for the role.

        Enter the stage, Gator (Samuel Jackson) — Flipper’s strung out brother. Halle portrays “Vivian”, Gator’s druggie partner in crime.

        And together they really make this film extra authentic.

        An honorable mention goes to Ruby Dee, who plays Flipper and Gator’s mother.

        She is so incredibly naive to her first son’s dealings that she blindly takes him in and takes care of him, only to be misused by his addiction. This movie was really about so much more than interracial dating.

        I think it probably should have been called something else other than Jungle Fever.

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