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Hurricane Streets (1997)

Hurricane (original title)
Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four ... See full summary »

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Morgan J. Freeman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Sexton III ... Marcus
Antoine McLean Antoine McLean ... Harold
Mtume Gant Mtume Gant ... Louis
Carlo Alban ... Benny
David Roland Frank David Roland Frank ... Chip
Adrian Grenier ... Punk
Lynn Cohen ... Lucy
L.M. Kit Carson ... Mack
Edie Falco ... Joanne
Isidra Vega ... Melena
Andy Ko Andy Ko ... Little Kid
José Zúñiga ... Kramer
Terry Alexander ... Duane
Heather Matarazzo ... Ashley
Shawn Elliott ... Paco
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Storyline

Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four close buddies who have a basement clubhouse; they shoplift and sell the wares to kids. One is moving toward selling drugs. Marcus wants to take a breather from the city and visit family in New Mexico. He also meets Melena, 14, a sweet kid who dreams of going to Alaska; her father is not just protective but angry and uncommunicative. The gang pressures Marcus to move up to burglary and car theft. He just wants to breathe open air. Can anything go right? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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know life. no limits.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and drug use involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1998 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hurricane Streets See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$231,500, 16 February 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$334,041, 22 February 1998
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Ultra Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original title was "Hurricane". The title was changed to "Hurricane Streets" after a print of the film was requested for a screening, and the film that was delivered was Hurricane (1979). See more »

Quotes

Louis: You smell that? I think he pissed himself. They do that when they die, right?
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Soundtracks

Atari Teenage Riot
Written by Alec Empire
Performed by Atari Teenage Riot
Courtesy of Digital Hardcore Recordings
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A Real Surprise
17 March 2006 | by William James HarperSee all my reviews

Once in a while you accidentally see a movie you think might possibly be good. After reading the other reviews I decided to give Hurricane Streets a chance. Boy, am I glad I did. The two principal characters are very well acted and totally believable. I related and sympathized immediately with both of them. I didn't find the story line slow at the start as some of the viewers have commented. I did have trouble understanding the dialog because of the muttered lines. Maybe it's a NY thing not to speak clearly. It ultimately didn't matter because Marcus' plunge into deeper and deeper trouble was gripping, sad and terrifying to watch. I especially like the way the director open-ended his movie. This left me to wonder what would happen to the two lead characters and allowed my imagination full play. I hope that the director will become well known enough so people won't mix him up with the actor. Apparently they are two totally different people. Give this movie a chance.


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