''Jungle Fever'' is a 1991 film directed by Creator/SpikeLee. It follows three intertwining plotlines. In the first, architect Flipper Purify (Creator/WesleySnipes) leaves his wife Drew (Lonette [=McKee=]) and takes up an affair with his firm's temp secretary Angie Tucci (Annabella Sciorra). In the second, Flipper and his parents (Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee) struggle with the spiraling drug addiction of their elder son Gator (Creator/SamuelLJackson in a performance that won him a special supporting actor award at Cannes). In the third, Angie's former boyfriend Paulie Carbone (John Turturro) tries to free himself from the control of his autocratic father (Creator/AnthonyQuinn) and racist friends.
* ButNotTooBlack: For Drew, Flipper's taking up with a white woman is worse than it might be because she's light-skinned herself and now questions how much of a factor that was in their marriage.
* TheCameo: Creator/GiancarloEsposito as a homeless man picking up Flipper's belongings while his wife throws them out of the window. This is Buggin' Out from ''Film/DoTheRightThing''.
* DefenestrateAndBerate: Drew's reaction when she finds out about Flipper and Angie.
* MalignedMixedMarriage: The relationship between Flipper and Angie is condemned by Flipper's father, along with his friends, while ''her'' father beats her after finding out about it and throws her out of his house. At least in Flipper's case though it's partly due to it being adultery.
* MixedAncestry: Drew's father is white. She gets concerned that her husband's initial attraction to her was because she is lighter due to this after he cheats with a white coworker.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler: The Good Reverend Doctor Purify shoots Gator to death out of despair for his crack habit]].
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: [[spoiler:Gator being killed by his father was inspired by the death of Music/MarvinGaye]].
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler: Flipper ends up realizing that he can't have the life he wanted with Angie, and that the prejudice them and any future kids they would have is too much to deal with. The movie ends with him being back with his wife and taking his daughter to school, pretty much exactly where he was at the start of the film.]]
* SkywardScream: [[spoiler: The ending.]]
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Played straight, subverted, deconstructed, everything. For Flipper having an affair at all seems partly in frustration at his not being promoted at work. Angie is available, he admits to being curious about white, and says that she was curious about black. She is in part getting back at her arrogant father and brothers, although unfortunately she's still living with them.
* YourCheatingHeart: The film revolved around this, as main character Flipper cheats on his wife with a coworker.