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.
R (for strong language, some violence and drug content)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Television
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John Leguizamo
as Seymour
Rosie Perez
as Joanne
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
Rosario Dawson
as Veronica
Raujit Chowdry
as Mr. Sith
William Prael
as Officer With Sith
Scott Cohen
as Officer Norman Turner
Jason Andrews
as Turner's Partner
Jerry Dean
as Rober
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)

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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
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August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 16, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

November 9, 2001
Top Critic

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

November 9, 2001
New York Post
Top Critic

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

November 9, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer

A severly underrated movie! [url=""]John Leguizamo[/url] is brilliant, so is Rosie Perez. In King of The Jungle, after is mother is gunned down, a distraught mentally-challenged man runs away to the streets and becomes lost. It sounds iffy,but trust me-it's amazing! One of Leguizamo's best roles!:fresh:

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