The Hurricane

The Hurricane

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


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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2019
UPC: 0191329091395
Original Release: 1999
Rating: R
Source: Universal
Time: 2:26:00

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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