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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rubin Carter
... Lesra (as Vicellous Reon Shannon)
... Lisa
... Sam
... Terry
... Della Pesca
... Mae Thelma
... Lt. Jimmy Williams
... Myron Bedlock
... Leon Friedman
... Judge Sarokin
... Mobutu
... Alfred Bello
... Warden
... 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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His greatest fight was for justice. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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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  »

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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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In the film credits, it states Lezra Martin practices law in Vancouver. In actuality, he practices law in Kamloops British Columbia. See more »

Goofs

When they show the bar shooting, when the woman, Hazel Tanis is shot, as she is going down you can see the actress is wearing knee pads. When Bello comes into the bar and looks at Tanis, she is no longer wearing the knee pad. 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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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.10 (2005) 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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Absolutely Awesome !
2 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is the greatest true story I've ever seen. I love the emotion in this movie. I really think that the delivery of the performances are what makes it great along with the direction. It's beautiful. I recommend it to any and everyone. The struggle that Ruben Carter endured just puts light on the way things used to be, and makes really grateful that things have improved. Denzel's great!

I completely felt in love with this movie, in which you can find extreme endurance, strong courage, ultimate love and a very realistic character starred by Washington. The character not only shows how powerful spirit a human being can be to survive in harsh situations, how persistent should a man in desperate circumstances, but also bring strong feeling to watchers, who wanna do something better, something higher than what he is currently doing.

The Hurricane is simply one of my best top10 movies of all time.

for Entertainment: 10/10

Overall Score: 10/10


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