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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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14 January 2000 (USA) See more »
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Based on the inspirational true story of a champion. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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An enjoyable film but suffers from being too black and white (if you can excuse the pun) See more (256 total) »

Cast

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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
(WGA)
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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
Matthew Baer .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some violence
Runtime:
146 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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?

Trivia:
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter was actually discharged from the military after four courts martial (after just 21 months' service), though the movie shows him as a returning hero.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Lezra visits Rubin in prison and they are talking at the table, Rubin is shown holding a photo in his hands. The reverse shot shows Rubin with his hands clasped and the photo sitting on the table.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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Soundtrack:
The Revolution Will Not Be TelevisedSee more »

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13 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable film but suffers from being too black and white (if you can excuse the pun), 10 July 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Framed by a white cop for a murder he didn't commit, boxer Ruben 'Hurricane' Carter tries to free himself from the constrains of his cell mentally by studying, picking over his case and writing his autobiography. Seven years later, Carter is still in prison with appeal after appeal being turned down, but his book has found its way into the hands a young student, Lesra who is inspired to study by the lessons in his book. As the two get to know one another through letters and meetings, Lesra and his teachers devote themselves to getting Carter freedom through a successful appeal.

Despite the fact that the basics of the story is interesting and compelling, this film only manages to be reasonable entertaining rather than compelling because it never really goes deeper than the basics. The story of a man wrongfully imprisoning and yet, somehow, overcoming that is going to be worth a look as it offers enough human interest for me to give it a try, but the problem here is that the film will give you a very basic look at the story and this basic feel will stop you getting involved in the story and maybe even make you wonder how much of it has been simplified down. Enough elements of the film remain interesting to cover this gap though and the character of Carter is interesting and semi-inspiring as he is portrayed here; I say 'as portrayed here' because I do not know how real this person I have seen here is. Part of the problem may be Jewison himself as his background is of a time where things could be as simple as, literally, black and white – but he brings that view to this movie and the story (and even the truth) appear to suffer as a result.

In Jewison's world there is no complex issues, no legal technicalities, no nothing – there is only a good black man who has been framed by bitter, racist cops even though everything points to his innocence; and boy, does Jewison spread it on thick! We trace Paterson's hatred of Carter all the way back to childhood and a scene where he comments on Carter's boxing fame just so we are totally clear that he wanted Carter more than anything! It's a real shame because the truth must be more interesting than this, although I imagine a lot more complex and for the film to just present such a clear cut and simplistic view of real life events not only insults the intelligence of the audience, it also does a disservice to the real life events it represents.

The cast are a big reason most of the film is interesting, or rather Denzel is a big reason it works. How close his Carter is to the real Carter is anyone's guess but his dialogue and his performance are both great. Washington made me believe this man's inner struggle by looks, words, tone of voice – this is the performance he deserved his Oscar for, not the more showy (and less controversial) one in Training Day. Shannon is also good even if he is far from central to the film. Unger, Schreiber and Hannah have clearly been told to play 'non-threatening white people' and they are all about as bland as a collection of people as I have seen. There is no meat on their characters and, as a result the three just play them very simple, basic and far too 'nice' to be believable; I'm not suggesting we have more detail on their lives but there was nothing to them whatsoever – a real problem when they are asked to carry some scenes near the end by themselves. Hedaya gets paid with a lazy 'racist cop' role that he can do nothing with, while Brown is OK in a return to his Shawshank role. Pastore, Steiger, Yulin and Paymer all add the feeling of depth in minor roles but really this is Washington's film and he is a big reason I found it entertaining.

Overall this was potentially an interesting, compelling and emotional film based on an intriguing real life story of injustice. However the script simplifies the story and characters to the point of being almost a version for people in a rush or without the intelligence to understand more. I cannot understand why the film just brushed past areas that would have made it more interesting (albeit more morally complex) and Jewison is to blame for a film that is very black and white in the portrayal of circumstances and its characters. Washington's performance and well written dialogue makes the film worth seeing but I was surprised by the film's ability to take an interesting and compelling story and simplify it to the point of lacking any real punch (sorry – he starts with a pun and he ends with a pun!). Watch once but there are much better examples of the genre and much better sources for hearing Carter's story.

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