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The Hurricane (1999)

The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter (book), Sam Chaiton (book) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Rubin Carter
Vicellous Shannon ... Lesra (as Vicellous Reon Shannon)
Deborah Kara Unger ... Lisa
Liev Schreiber ... Sam
John Hannah ... Terry
Dan Hedaya ... Della Pesca
Debbi Morgan ... Mae Thelma
Clancy Brown ... Lt. Jimmy Williams
David Paymer ... Myron Bedlock
Harris Yulin ... Leon Friedman
Rod Steiger ... Judge Sarokin
Badja Djola ... Mobutu
Vincent Pastore ... Alfred Bello
Al Waxman ... Warden
David Lansbury ... U.S. Court Prosecutor
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Storyline

This film tells the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, an African-American man who rose above his troubled youth to become a top contender for the middle-weight boxing title. However, his dreams are shattered when he is accused of a triple murder, and is convicted to three natural-life terms. Despite becoming a cause celebre and his dogged efforts to prove his innocence through his autobiography, the years of fruitless efforts have left him discouraged. This changes when an African-American boy and his Canadian mentors read his book and are convinced of his innocence enough to work for his exoneration. However, what Hurricane and his friends learn is that this fight puts them against a racist establishment that profited from this travesty and have no intention of seeing it reversed. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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His greatest fight was for justice. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lazarus and the Hurricane See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$384,640, 2 January 2000

Gross USA:

$50,699,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,956,241
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Denzel Washington trained for over a year with a boxing coach. See more »

Goofs

The CLRV streetcar that whizzes by in the background when Lesra sends his first letter to Rubin Carter in Toronto, wasn't introduced to Toronto streets until 1979. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, this fine young fighter will be right here in Pittsburg on the boxing cog, this Monday night.
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Unexpectedly Great Movie
19 February 2001 | by kmsairamSee all my reviews

I wasn't going to comment, but after reading some of the negative comments, I felt I must. I "waited for the video" for this movie because a movie about boxing didn't seem interesting. But that's just the thing. It's not about boxing. So if you're thinking you're going to see Raging Bull, you're not. There are a few boxing scenes, but they only serve to move the story along.

I have seen this movie more than once. The first time I was touched by the underlying theme of the movie, which was in my opinion, love conquering hate and injustice. Then I watched it again. I realized Denzel did a superb job. It WAS NOT a "typical Denzel role." He convincingly played Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, raised full of hate for and distrust of white people. When he goes to prison for the murder, he does an excellent performance showing the different personalities in his head, as well as showing how his inner spiritual journey transformed him. Any good movie shows the hero growing and changing. And Denzel again does this well towards the end of the movie, after befriending Lazarus and the Canadians. My favorite line which to me sums up the entire movie is when they're waiting to hear the judge's verdict and Rubin tells Lazarus, "Hate got me in here. But love's gonna bust me out."

I don't know much about the real Rubin Carter or the details of the case. What I found compelling about the movie was the fact that some people - be they white or black - can harbor such hatred for another person (I'm referring to Della Pesca's hatred toward Rubin). Another thing that got me was the friendship and love between Rubin and Lesra and the whole message of examining the higher principle of truth for which the law was meant to serve. It's just one of those movies that makes you think. Yeah, some of the writing is "just OK" in places, but the theme of the movie is wonderful and I think Denzel gave an Oscar worthy performance.

I gave this a 9 out of 10.


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