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The Hurricane -- 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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Based on the inspirational true story of a champion. See more »
The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Denzel Washington is superior, a film with a strongly constructed message. ***1/2 out of ****. See more (256 total) »


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Denzel Washington ... Rubin Carter

Vicellous Reon Shannon ... Lesra

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

Garland Whitt ... John Artis

Chuck Cooper ... Earl Martin
Brenda Denmark ... Alma Martin (as Brenda Thomas Denmark)

Marcia Bennett ... Jean Wahl
Beatrice Winde ... Louise Cockersham
Mitchell Taylor Jr. ... Young Rubin Carter

Bill Raymond ... Paterson Judge
Merwin Goldsmith ... Judge Larner
John A. MacKay ... Man at Falls
Donnique Privott ... Boy at the Falls
Moynan King ... Tina Barbieri
Gary DeWitt Marshall ... Nite Spot Cabbie
John Christopher Jones ... Reporter at Bar
Gwendolyn Mulamba ... Nite Spot Woman
Richard Davidson ... Paterson Detective

George T. Odom ... Big Ed (as George Odom)

Tonye Patano ... Woman at Prison

Fulvio Cecere ... Paterson Policeman
Phillip Jarrett ... Soldier #1 in U.S.O. Club
Rodney 'Bear' Jackson ... Soldier #2 in U.S.O. Club (as Rodney M. Jackson)
Judi Embden ... Woman in U.S.O. Club
Terry Claybon ... Emile Griffith

Ben Bray ... Joey Giardello
Michael Justus ... Joey Cooper
Kenneth McGregor ... Detective at Hospital
Frank Proctor ... Pittsburgh Ring Announcer
Peter Wylie ... Pittsburgh Referee

David Gray ... Pittsburgh TV Announcer
Joe Matheson ... Philadelphia Ring Announcer

Bill Lake ... Philadelphia TV Announcer
Robin Ward ... Reading, PA. TV Announcer
Harry Davis ... Reading, PA. Referee
Pippa Pearthree ... Patty Valentine
Jean Daigle ... Detective

Rob Evans ... Detective at Lafayette Bar (as Robert Evans)

Scott Gibson ... Reporter at Banquet
Ann Holloway ... Cashier
Bruce McFee ... Prison Guard
Conrad Bergschneider ... Prison Guard
Satori Shakoor ... Prison Guard
Zoran Radusinovic ... Prison Guard
Stephen Lee Wright ... Prison Guard
Michael Bodnar ... Prison Guard

Carson Manning ... Prison Guard
Debrah Ellen Waller ... Prison Guard
Richard Litt ... Prison Guard
Adam Large ... Prison Guard
Peter Graham ... Prisoner with Camera
George Masswohl ... Mechanic

Lawrence Sacco ... New Jersey Policeman
David Frisch ... New Jersey Policeman
Ralph Brown ... Federal Court Assistant Prosecutor
Dyron Holmes ... Reporter
Ryan Williams ... Elstan Martin (as Ryann Williams)
Bruce Vavrina ... St. Joseph's Doctor
Brenda Braxton ... Dancer with John Artis
Christopher Riordan ... Jury Foreman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Guy Ale ... Arthur Bradley (uncredited)

Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ellen Burstyn ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bob Dylan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joe Frazier ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Matt Graver ... Ringside Reporter (uncredited)

Michael Harkins ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

David Sparrow ... Cop #2 (DVD only) (uncredited)
Michael Stevens ... Prison Barber (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Jewison 
Writing credits
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter (book "The 16th Round")

Sam Chaiton (book "Lazarus and the Hurricane") and
Terry Swinton (book "Lazarus and the Hurricane")

Armyan Bernstein (screenplay) and
Dan Gordon (screenplay)

Produced by
Marc Abraham .... executive producer
Irving Azoff .... executive producer
Armyan Bernstein .... producer
Thomas A. Bliss .... executive producer
Suzann Ellis .... co-producer
Jon Jashni .... co-producer
Michael Jewison .... co-producer
Norman Jewison .... producer
John Ketcham .... producer
Rudy Langlais .... executive producer
Tom Rosenberg .... executive producer
William Teitler .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stephen E. Rivkin  (as Stephen Rivkin)
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Philip Rosenberg 
Art Direction by
Dennis Davenport 
Set Decoration by
Gordon Sim 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers 
Makeup Department
John Caglione Jr. .... makeup department head
Raul Hernandez .... hair stylist
Irene Kent .... key makeup artist
Nina Port .... makeup artist
Mary Cooke .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Carol Cuddy .... unit production manager: New York
Mathew Hart .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff J.J. Authors .... first assistant director (as J.J. Authors)
Chris Baillie .... trainee assistant director
Paul F. Bernard .... second assistant director: New York
Julie Brazeau .... trainee assistant director
Darrin Brown .... third assistant director
Terry Ham .... second second assistant director: New York
Paul Hogan .... dga trainee
Sarah Jarvis .... assistant director
Keith J. Knight .... assistant director
Lisa Mercurio .... assistant director production assistant
Douglas Plasse .... second second assistant director: New York (as Doug Plass)
Eric S. Potechin .... second assistant director (as Eric Potechin)
Christopher Surgent .... second assistant director: New York (as Chris Surgent)
Janet Zdyb .... third assistant director
Art Department
Deryck Blake .... assistant property master
Kelly Brine .... storyboard artist
Ellen Christiansen .... set decorator: New York
J.P. Dame .... set dresser
David DeMarinis .... second assistant decorator
Dawn H. Fisher .... art department apprentice
Paul Greenberg .... graphic designer
Marcel Laporte .... assistant head carpenter
Jae Pak .... assistant art director
Karl Schneider .... head painter
Michael Shocrylas .... set designer
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
Victoria Vanasco .... set dresser
Patricia Walker .... charge scenic
Holly Watson .... art department coordinator: New York
Christopher Geggie .... property master (uncredited)
Alexandra Mazur .... assistant set decorator: New York (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ross Carter .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Carwardine .... production sound mixer
Jeanne Gilliland .... boom operator: New York
Mark Gingras .... sound effects editor
Wayne Griffin .... supervising sound editor
Andy Koyama .... sound re-recording mixer
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
John Laing .... dialogue editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
Tim O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael O'Farrell .... supervising sound editor
Brad Thornton .... sound re-recording mixer
Don White .... sound re-recording mixer
Rebecca Wright .... foley recording assistant
Gren-Erich Zwicker .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Jason Board .... special effects key
Kaz Kobielski .... special effects coordinator
Peter Kunz .... special effects coordinator: New York
Dean Stewart .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Lane Glisson .... computer graphics
Jamie Hallett .... digital compositor
Mark Tureski .... optical effects (uncredited)
Brittney Banks .... stunt double
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator: New York
Shelley Cook .... stunt performer
Mike Justus .... utility stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunt driver
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunts
Branko Racki .... stunt double
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as John A. Stoneham Jr.)
Timothy Klein .... stunt player (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Terrence Laron Burke .... grip
Angelo Colavecchia .... additional camera operator
Candide Franklyn .... camera operator
Duane Gullison .... assistant chief lighting technician
Bruce Hamme .... dolly grip
Jeremy Knaster .... electrician
George Kraychyk .... still photographer
Jim MacCammon .... lighting technician
Mark Manchester .... key grip
Charlie Marroquin .... key grip
Malcolm Nefsky .... best boy grip
Kevin Neshevich .... assistant camera
David Niven .... additional assistant camera
Beth Nobes .... assistant camera
Bill O'Leary .... gaffer: New York
Derek Parkes .... grip
Marc Purdy .... grip
Patrick Quinn .... additional camera operator
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator
Abe Schrager .... camera operator: second unit
Dean Stinchcombe .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Craig Vaccaro .... key rigging grip
Casting Department
Riccardo Bertoni .... extras casting
Beth Bowling .... casting associate
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Canada
Aric Dupere .... extras casting assistant
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Brad Gerstl .... extras casting representative
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Julie Lichter .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marta Font .... set costumer
Ann Henshaw .... costume supervisor
Lauren Press .... assistant costume designer
Marcia Scott .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Clare Bambrough .... assistant editor
Mike Bellamy .... final colorist
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Kathy LaCommare .... assistant editor
Mike Milliken .... color timer (as Michael Milliken)
Dawn M. Stoliar .... first assistant editor
Paul Whitehead .... assistant editor
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Kenneth Burgomaster .... score coordinator
Anita Camarata .... executive music consultant
Kostas Christides .... score producer (as Konstantinos Christides)
Todd Cochran .... additional music arranger
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Jim Dunbar .... music consultant
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Thomas Golubic .... music coordinator
Tanya Noel Hill .... music editor
Danny Holloway .... music consultant
Jon Kull .... orchestrator
Yvonne McDonald .... music coordinator (as Yvonne S. McDonald)
Thomas Milano .... supervising music editor
Flavio Motalla .... score producer
Sujin Nam .... score coordinator
Christopher S. Parker .... music clearances
Jasper Randall .... scoring coordinator: Christopher Young
David Reynolds .... score coordinator
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Dennis Sager .... scoring engineer
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Melodee Sutton .... music coordinator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Gernot Wolfgang .... score coordinator
Gernot Wolfgang .... scoring assistant
Christopher Young .... orchestrator
Jeanette Surga .... additional music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ron Annabelle .... picture cars
Patrick Hogan .... driver
Stuart Mitchell .... transportation captain
Dave Staples .... transportation coordinator
Mitchel Stewart .... driver captain
Other crew
Janine Anderton .... production coordinator
Samantha Armstrong .... script supervisor
Mark Barclay .... assistant: Thomas A. Bliss
Angela Bellisio .... assistant: William Teitler
Michael Blecher .... location scout
Jeremy Boxen .... production assistant
Kenneth Burgomaster .... synthesizer programmer
Terry Claybon .... boxing trainer: Mr. Washington
Christopher Comrie .... payroll accountant
Jan Cosby .... second assistant accountant
G. Michael Currie .... production assistant
Shirley Davis .... production coordinator: additional photography
Richard Devinki .... production coordinator: Beacon
Katherine Dorrer .... location scout: Baltimore
Greg Eby .... first assistant accountant
Rich Fellegara .... set medic
Lynn Foster .... production assistant
Bill Garvey .... location scout
Chris George .... production assistant
Misty Green .... assistant: Marc Abraham
Dianne Hatlestad .... assistant to director
Mark Kamine .... location manager
John Kenyon .... location scout
Alex Kontsalakis .... second assistant accountant
Keri Lederman .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Sophia Lofters .... assistant coordinator
Michael Mendelsohn .... financial consultant
Michael Moniaros .... location assistant
Kimberlee Morley .... production secretary
Keith Park .... location production assistant
Dawn Murphy Riley .... production coordinator: New York
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
David Smukler .... dialect coach
Ron Stein .... coordinator: boxing sequences
Guenevere Taylor .... production assistant
Elaine Thurston .... production accountant
Mimi Turner .... location assistant
Ezra Venetos .... production assistant
Nadezda Vukicevic .... production assistant
Michelle Webster .... production assistant
Elizabeth Zagrany .... production accountant: second unit
Randee Lynne Jensen .... creative assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Baer .... special thanks

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Additional Details

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Rated R for language and some violence
146 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Chile:TE | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:12 (w) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Malaysia:U (cut version) | Malaysia:18PL (uncut version) | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Peru:PT | Philippines:PG-13 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #36908)

Did You Know?

The real Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter is only 5'8" and 155 pounds, being about 4 inches shorter and nearly 40 pounds lighter than Denzel Washington (even when the actor slimmed down to play Hurricane). In actuality, Washington (and the actors who play his opponents in the ring) classify as heavyweights.See more »
Factual errors: In the first featherweight fight sequence, the radio sportscaster pronounces the Pennsylvania city name, "Reading," as "reeding" (long "e" sound), but it is correctly pronounced as "reding" (short "e" sound).See more »
[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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Denzel Washington is superior, a film with a strongly constructed message. ***1/2 out of ****., 7 February 2000

THE HURRICANE (1999) ***1/2

Starring: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, John Hannah, Deborah Unger, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Dan Hedaya, Debbi Morgan, Clancy Brown, David Paymer, and Rod Steiger Directed by Norman Jewison. Written by Sam Chaiton. Based on the novel "The 16th Round," by Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Running Time: 155 minutes. Rated R (for language and some violence).

By Blake French:

(The following review of "The Hurricane" contains a description plot description that may or may not be of a spoiling nature.)

The most amazing property of Norman Jewison's "The Hurricane" is that it would have been equivalently as powerful, equally as touching, and just as thought-provoking if there never lived a man named Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter. The movie is such a relevant, understandable feature, it has abundant emotional impact on the majority of an appreciative audience regardless if they realize it is based on an actual individual or not. This is one of the best movies of the year. In accordance with its many strong areas it succeeds in, the picture should present itself well when Academy Award time comes around.

"The Hurricane" tells the true story of famous African American middleweight boxing champion named Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. The time period is the late 1960's. Rubin spent more of his childhood being incarcerated in one way or another. The past is behind him, however, and Carter has miraculously turned his life around and raised a happy family consisting of a wife and young boy.

A corrupt police force wrongly accuses "The Hurricane" and his friend of murdering several innocent pedestrians when coming home from a party one evening. Det. Vincent Della Pesca, a cruel, racist law enforcer who has been after Rubin since he was a child, demands that Carter and his pal be named the killers. A half dead victim, full of hate towards his shooters, identifies Carter and his acquaintance as the terrorists. After a trail based on stacked lies, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and his buddy are convicted and sentenced to three life sentences in a state prison.

While serving his term, Rubin puts the prison warden a fight it isn't ready for. Carter refuses to wear clothing that other convicts ware; he does not allow himself to be at the same level as others who have committed horrendous crimes. "I've committed no crime, a crime has been committed against me," states Carter in a powerful confrontation sequence. He makes several attempts for acquittal while serving his time--all are eventually denied. Carter eventually loses hope, orders his wife to divorce him, and becomes a strong, hardened prisoner, focusing only serving his time..

For years, Carter's innocent life is wasted away while concealed behind concrete walls. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter decides to write a book about his life experiences. In the book, Carter explains to his readers about the injustice that was served to him, the police corruption with so much malignity towards his race, his life as a child going up in a racist time, and his practice as a professional boxer. That publication, titled "The 16th Round," becomes a bestseller. However, as time passes, it becomes over looked, and forgotten.

This is where the movie's decisive script introduces several new, important characters. Lesra (Vicellous Reon Shannon), an African American teenager living with his Canadian foster parents, Sam Chaiton (Liev Schreiber), Terry Swinton (John Hannah), and Lisa Peters (Deborah Unger). One day, Lesra randomly picks up a book and it just so happens to be "The 16th Round." After reading it, and being emotionally touched, he begins to plead with his foster parents to help Carter fight for his redemption.

It is unusual and risky for a film to open a new series of events so far into the plot. However, "The Hurricane" contains character development among the year's best. Most of the production is spent explaining Rubin Carter to us in one way or another, which is why, as the story progresses, we care more and more about him. His development is not necessarily in a certain order, which is understandable here. The structure within the characters presents itself in a non-conventional approach. To my surprise, the narrative point of view, although about a specific character, is more omniscient than a first person like you'd expect.

Denzel Washington recently won a well-deserved Golden Globe award for his portrayal of Rubin Carter. He performs his character with a strong emotional foundation and realistic, vivid details. These qualities are what makes the character so empathetic. Also contributing fine performances are Liev Schreiber, John Hannah, Deborah Unger and Vicellous Reon Shannon, all with solid supporting roles.

Many of the scenes in "The Hurricane" come off as a little on the gentle side. Obviously the filmmakers believe in the theory about catching more flies with honey than sugar. Though the film still packs a powerful message, with such material, director Norman Jewison should have taken a more aggressive approach towards the movie's concepts, such as racism, corruption, and injustice. This somewhat mild advance on us displaces the film on a level just short of profound.

The film's theme of action propels the screenplay along a lengthy road of focused dramatic tension. Also furnishing the picture's visual narrative style, "The Hurricane" embodies superlative dialogue that is on the level of merit equal to a lesser "Forrest Gump." The actions and dialogue support each other here, constructing a strongly structured production.

"The Hurricane" is more about racism than injustice, more thematic in nature than subjective. It proves a solid moral about what society is like. A point that is powerful and touching because of its strong development...but also saddening because it's true.

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