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The Hurricane

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Director: Norman Jewison, Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger

Cast: Norman Jewison, Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger


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The Universal Studios DVD of The Hurricane nicely frames the story of Rubin Carter's personal and social redemption, with a lovely anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer highlighting the superb work of cinematographer Roger Deakin (Shawshank Redemption, Fargo), and Dolby Digital or Surround Sound options (all the better for listening to the timely,


The Universal Studios DVD of The Hurricane nicely frames the story of Rubin Carter's personal and social redemption, with a lovely anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer highlighting the superb work of cinematographer Roger Deakin (Shawshank Redemption, Fargo), and Dolby Digital or Surround Sound options (all the better for listening to the timely, eclectic soundtrack music of Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Etta James, and Gil Scott Heron). In the "Audio Commentary" feature, director Norman Jewison answers the controversy surrounding the film by saying, "Truth is a moving target. You'll never get it right." He points out the historical facts and dramatic license between the film and actual events. He also comments on the more technical details -- film locations, lens size, and the need for different angles when forced to use the same location over and over (e.g. the prison visiting area). A 20-minute featurette, "The Making of The Hurricane," gives the audience a glimpse of the real-life Rubin Carter and Lesra Martin discussing their experiences. The "Deleted Scenes" section includes five brief scenes, with introductions by Jewison. Along with the usual DVD extras of a theatrical trailer, cast and crew background, production notes, and DVD-ROM links, these features provide a thorough and intelligent DVD package.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Many know Rubin "Hurricane" Carter best as the subject of Bob Dylan's thundering '70s ballad (which plays over the credits of The Hurricane). But the harrowing, true-life story of the black prizefighter falsely convicted of murder then vindicated after two decades in jail becomes gripping screen entertainment in the hands of director Norman Jewison (A Solider's Story). Denzel Washington, at his most riveting, drives the film with his impassioned, Oscar-nominated portrayal of the hot-tempered pugilist whose prison-penned autobiography becomes the instrument of his salvation. After reading the book, black teenager Lesra Martin (played by Vicellous Reon Shannon) convinces three Canadian friends (Liev Schreiber, Deborah Unger, and John Hannah) to help him prove Hurricane's innocence -- but they're blocked at every turn by corrupt police and a disinterested judiciary. The Hurricane (cowritten by Carter) telescopes time and eliminates numerous characters and events from the incredible story, culminating with a suspenseful courtroom scene that will have you on the edge of your chair. The result is a heartfelt expression of social conscience that also manages to be dynamic cinema.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The true-life story of an up-and-coming boxer convicted of a bloody crime he probably didn't commit, this drama has more heart than the stereotypical prison drama because it's cleverly told from a unique perspective: that of an inspired youth attempting to get his jailed hero freed. The script by Dan Gordon, who successfully mapped unjustly imprisoned territory once before with Murder in the First (1995), is a top-notch affair that keeps the pace moving -- an admirable bit of work considering the film's rather dour subject matter. Denzel Washington is a mask of pride and barely contained rage in a role that will likely stand as a career highlight for the intense actor and his left-leaning, socially conscious director Norman Jewison. While playing at times like a narrative goulash into which a little bit of every drama genre is thrown (including sports, courtroom, ghetto, and prison), The Hurricane is a moving, powerful story that's stylishly told on every level: visually, emotionally, and intellectually.

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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
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Special Features

Spotlight on location: "The Making of The Hurricane"; Feature commentary with director Norman Jewison; Deleted scenes with special introduction by the director; Theatrical trailer; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers; DVD-ROM features

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
Vicellous Shannon Lesra Martin
Deborah Kara Unger Lisa
Liev Schreiber Sam
John Hannah Terry
Dan Hedaya Della Pesca
Debbi Morgan Mae Thelma Carter
Clancy Brown Lt. Jimmy Williams
David Paymer Myron Bedlock
Harris Yulin Leon Friedman
Rod Steiger Judge Sarokin
Garland Whitt John Artis

Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director,Producer
Marc Abraham Executive Producer
J.J. Authors Asst. Director
Irving Azoff Executive Producer
Armyan Bernstein Producer,Screenwriter
Thomas A. Bliss Executive Producer
Bruce Carwardine Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Davenport Art Director
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Suzann Ellis Co-producer
Dan Gordon Screenwriter
Jon Jashni Co-producer
Michael Jewison Co-producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
John Ketcham Producer
Rudy Langlais Executive Producer
Stephen E. Rivkin Editor
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
Tom Rosenberg Executive Producer
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Sim Set Decoration/Design
William Teitler Executive Producer
Christopher Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1
1. Champion (Main Titles) [:08]
2. Murder at the Lafayette [:27]
3. The Book Picks You [:58]
4. The Kid From Paterson [6:20]
5. A Liberated Man [:54]
6. The Warrior Scholar [4:55]
7. Like a Hurricane [2:10]
8. The Setup [1:27]
9. Guilty [6:20]
10. The Hole [1:16]
11. Lesra's Letter [4:04]
12. Lazarus & the Hurricane [1:45]
13. New Friends [4:21]
14. Carter's Foot Soldiers [2:30]
15. The Dangerous Truth [6:23]
16. The Private Eye's Secret [1:24]
17. The Last Stand [3:14]
18. Risen From the Dead [3:33]
19. The Judge's Decision [:51]
20. Epilogue/End Titles [6:21]


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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I took a Jesus freak to this film and he pointed out to me that they cursed 5 times. I thought that was odd and oh yeah I'm going to hell b.c. the Jesus freak said I shouldn't see 'R' rated movies. Other than that this is a great film about being screwed by the man for 20 years and then getting out of prison with 200 bucks and a bus ticket. It's like Rocky meets Jail house rock. A good flick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I saw this movie I was like here we go again. A black man gets framed for a crime he did not commit. It took years to get this man from behind bars. Our judicial system needs an over haul. How could people sit back and look the other way? When will we realize that if it affects one it affects all? I was glad to see whites coming to the aid of this man-not because he was black but because these Canadians saw him as he is-a human. Great job Denzel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Denzel should have gotten the Oscar for this movie. It went to Kevin Spacey instead for American Beauty. With all due respect to Spacey, Denzel worked much harder on his portryal of Rubin Carter in this film. You won't be able to take your eyes off of him. I read a bio of Rubin Carter and was interested enough to see this movie. It's well worth your time. Denzel just keeps getting better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my American Citizen class, we had to watch this movie. I thought that it was a great movie! Denzel shows so much emotion in the movie, especially when he's in jail and he has 2 personalities. The movie got me really interested, I loved it.
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