The HurricaneDirector: Norman Jewison
In 1966, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was a top-ranked middleweight boxer whom many fight fans expected to become world champion. When three people were shot to death in a bar in Paterson, New Jersey, Carter and his friend John Artis, driving home from another club in Paterson, were stopped and questioned by police. Although the police asserted that Carter and Artis "were never suspects," a man named Alfred Bello, himself a suspect in the killings, claimed that Carter and Artis were present at the time of the murders. On the basis of Bello's testimony, Carter and Artis were convicted of murder, and Carter was given three consecutive life sentences. Throughout the trial, Carter proclaimed his innocence, saying that his African-American race and work as a civil rights activist were the real reasons for his conviction. In 1974, Bello and Arthur Bradley, who also claimed that Carter was present at the scene of the crimes, recanted their testimony, but Carter and Artis were reconvicted. In the early 1980s, Brooklyn teenager Lesra Martin worked with a trio of Canadian activists to push the State of New Jersey to reinvestigate Carter's case; in 1985, a Federal District Court ruled that the prosecution in Carter's second trial committed "grave constitutional violations" and that his conviction was based on racism rather than facts. Carter was finally freed, and he summed up his story by saying, "Hate got me into this place, love got me out." The Hurricane is based on Carter's incredible true story and stars Denzel Washington as Carter, Vicellous Shannon as Lesra Martin, and John Hannah, Liev Schreiber and Deborah Unger as the Canadian activists. Veteran filmmaker Norman Jewison directed.
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Cast & Crew
|Denzel Washington||Rubin "Hurricane" Carter|
|Vicellous Shannon||Lesra Martin|
|Deborah Kara Unger||Lisa|
|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|
|Marc Abraham||Executive Producer|
|J.J. Authors||Asst. Director|
|Irving Azoff||Executive Producer|
|Thomas A. Bliss||Executive Producer|
|Bruce Carwardine||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Dennis Davenport||Art Director|
|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|
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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.
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.
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.
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.