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The Hurricane (1999)

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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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Norman Jewison

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Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter (book), Sam Chaiton (book) | 3 more credits »
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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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Based on the inspirational true story of a champion. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Universal Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lazarus and the Hurricane See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$337,000, 2 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,668,906, 16 April 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,956,241
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Denzel Washington and the actors who play his opponents in the ring classify as heavyweights. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter is 5'8" and 155 pounds, about four inches shorter and nearly 40 pounds lighter than Washington, even after he the slimmed down to play Hurricane. See more »

Goofs

When Rubin first goes to jail he is told that he can't keep his watch or wear his own clothes. Later, while he's in jail, he's obviously wearing his watch. 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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Connections

Featured in The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2000) See more »

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Get Down on It
Written by Ronald Bell, J.T. Taylor (as James Taylor), George Funky Brown (as George Brown), Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell), Claydes Smith (as Charles Smith), Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Mickens), Eumir Deodato
Performed by Kool & The Gang
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Superb performance...
18 April 2008 | by Prateek SharmaSee all my reviews

I don't really know why people cannot talk without putting terms as "he did it" while thinking about this movie. How racially charged or challenged were those times has been clearly talked about, filmed and factually corrected. Literature, personalities and even a simple man can confirm to those facts and we can really put an end to who did it...or he did it!!! The movie marks the most stellar performance from Denzel Washington as he portrays the character "Hurricane". What surprised and confirmed my earlier thoughts about people rating this movie are that an awful lot of movies in here have better rating than this movie....and the confirmation is that ratings do not matter This movie stands out and lets you feel the passion and focus of a man...not born under normal circumstances but freed under great conditions. I think I am confident enough to say about this movie....if you haven't seen this movie then it doesn't really matter to you what cinema can be and what cinema possibly can create.

Forget the ratings....I think when you're done seeing it, you would decide for yourself what I am trying to say here. Where is the Oscar....ohh did we miss it??? Gladly so.


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