King of the Jungle (2000)


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Martin Scorsese's seminal 1975 drama Taxi Driver informs this tale of a neglected, Upper West Side outcast who slowly devolves into a potential murderer. John Leguizamo stars as Seymour, the mentally-challenged self-proclaimed "king" of the film's title. He's still in the care of his mother Mona (Julie Carmen), who is a protest organizer against their neighborhood's corrupt police practices. Although Mona lives happily with her lover Joanne (Rosie Perez), her ex-boyfriend Jack (Cliff Gorman) often shows up to antagonize the household, Seymour in particular. His assertion that the unstable young man is faking his malady only sends Seymour into an unpredictable rage. Shortly after the film's production, writer-director Seth Zvi Rosenfeld married his rambunctious star Perez; their friend Annabella Sciorra shows up in a supporting role.


Marisa Tomei
as Det. Costello
Judy Reyes
as Lydia Morreto
as Dead-Eye
Rafael Nunez
as Basketball Kid No. 1
Malcolm Barrett
as Basketball Kid No. 2
Yan Ming
as Fat Ming
William Prael
as Officer With Sith
Scott Cohen
as Officer Norman Turner
Jason Andrews
as Turner's Partner
Eddie Hands
as Dum Dum's friend
Sixto Ramos
as Det. Lemons
Carmen Serrano
as Woman on Street
Rebecca Cohen Alport
as Pregnant Poet
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Critic Reviews for King of the Jungle

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

[Seymour's] story demands a larger meaning, a sense of the poetic, than mere heart-tugging can provide, but Rosenfeld cannot provide it.

Nov 16, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A hard, vibrant surface can't quite cover the mossy, skimpy center of this story.

Nov 9, 2001
Top Critic

One of those films that feel drunk on their own virtue.

Nov 9, 2001 | Rating: 2/4

[Rosenfeld] finds a way to convey messiness that gives King an honest and particular heartbeat.

Nov 9, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5

Old-fashioned in good ways and bad.

Nov 6, 2001 | Full Review…

It's more than a little tiresome to see executive producer Leguizamo put himself through the tortured contortions of his character.

Dec 9, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for King of the Jungle

An interesting movie! Good story plot. Great cast- John Leguizamo, Annabella Sciorra, Rosie Perez, and Marisa Tomei.

Leo L
Leo L

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