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

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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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Based on the inspirational true story of a champion. See more »

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

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14 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lazarus and the Hurricane  »

Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£94,558 (UK) (24 March 2000)

Gross:

£579,291 (UK) (14 April 2000)
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Wesley Snipes and Samuel L. Jackson vied for the lead role. See more »

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When Rubin places the Polaroid photograph into his book, he closes it so that he is looking at the cover. In the next shot, as he puts the book down, the cover is facing the floor and he is looking at the back. See more »

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[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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Written by Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.), Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier
Performed by Marvin Gaye
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An incredible film, with superb acting
26 January 2000 | by (Saginaw, MI) – See all my reviews

Denzel Washington is so convincing as Rubin Carter that one forgets that he is, indeed, an actor playing a role. From the beginning to the end, Denzel is perfect. The film made me think about how poverty and prejudice can ruin a person's life when misfortune, such as being in the wrong place at the wrong time, visits. I didn't think that I could possibly like a movie that I already knew so much about. With boxing in it, yet! But when Denzel received the Golden Globe Award, I felt I had to see it. What a moving experience! Anyone who enjoys superb acting and a story with a rewarding, emotional ending should not miss this film.


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