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The Hurricane

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Director: Norman Jewison

Cast: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger


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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


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.

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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Universal Studios
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Spotlight on Location: The Making of the Hurricane; Feature Commentary With Director Norman Jewison; Deleted Scenes With Special Introduction by the Director.

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


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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
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.
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.
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