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The Hurricane [HD DVD] (1999)

Denzel Washington , John Hannah , Norman Jewison  |  R |  HD DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, John Hannah, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger
  • Directors: Norman Jewison
  • Writers: Armyan Bernstein, Dan Gordon
  • Producers: Norman Jewison, Armyan Bernstein, John Ketcham
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVL1XQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hurricane [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director Norman Jewison
  • Spotlight on Location - The Making of The Hurricane
  • Deleted Scenes with Special Introduction by the Director
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com

    In his direction of The Hurricane, veteran filmmaker Norman Jewison understands that slavish loyalty to factual detail is no guarantee of compelling screen biography. In telling the story of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter--who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1967 and spent nearly two decades in jail--Jewison and his screenwriters compress time, combine characters, and rearrange events with a nonchalance that would be galling if they didn't remain honest to the core truth of Carter's ordeal. Because of that emotional integrity--and because Denzel Washington brings total conviction to his title role--The Hurricane rises above the confines of biographical fidelity to embrace higher values of courage, compassion, and ultimate justice.

    Jewison is woefully heavy-handed in his treatment of the fictionalized, absurdly villainous detective (Dan Hedaya) who zealously plots to keep Carter in jail, and anyone familiar with Carter's story may object to the film's simplified account. But what matters here is the shining star of hope that is Lesra (Vicellous Reon Shannon), the Brooklyn teenager who rejuvenates Carter's legal battle in the early 1980s. This surrogate father-son relationship is what revives Carter's hope for family and future, and makes The Hurricane so engrossing and emotionally effective. Lesra's real-life Canadian mentors are compressed from nine characters to three, but their efforts are superbly dramatized, and Jewison hits the small but important grace notes that make a good film even better. By its final scenes, The Hurricane conveys the rich, rewarding satisfaction of surviving a difficult but valuable journey of mind, body, and soul. --Jeff Shannon

    Product Description

    Academy Award* and Golden Globe** winner Denzel Washington plays Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a man who, in the prime of his boxing career, finds himself wrongfully convicted of murder. Sentenced to life in prison, Carter's published memoir, The 16th Round, inspired a teenager (Vicellous Reon Shannon) from Brooklyn and three Canadian activists (Deborah Kara Unger, John Hannah, Liev Schreiber) to join forces with Carter to prove his innocence. Their extraordinary efforts ultimately secure his release, leaving "Hurricane" to sum up his 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit by simply stating, "Hate got me into this place; love got me out." Don't miss the movie Rolling Stone called, "A stirring fight for freedom! Denzel Washington at his powerful, poignant best!"

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    31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars flawed but powerful drama July 28, 2000
    Format:DVD
    The most startling revelation about Norman Jewison's film `The Hurricane' is that this true-life account of middleweight champion Ruben `Hurricane' Carter turns out to be more about the glories of writing than of boxing. In fact, almost no time at all in the film is dedicated to chronicling the details of Carter's fighting career but rather to the attempts made by him and others on his behalf to prove his innocence in a murder case that resulted in his serving a nearly 20-year long prison sentence.
    The sympathies of the filmmakers clearly lie with Carter, although a number of people have, since the release of the film, challenged some of the film's reliability and veracity. As one completely unacquainted with the facts of the case as they initially played themselves out, I am certainly in no position to adjudge the authenticity and accuracy of the film. As a piece of drama, however, `The Hurricane' generates an impressive amount of interest in the viewer and even attains emotional greatness in a few scenes. Because the film is trying to come at the story from so many different angles, it occasionally feels a bit like a patchwork - part boxing film, part prison drama, part investigative thriller, part inspirational feel-good drama - rather than a completely unified work of art. And, understandably, the film is more successful in some of those areas than in others.
    The first half of the film is pretty standard issue stuff. We get, perhaps, a somewhat overly sketchy portrayal of the events in Carter's life before the fateful night in Paterson, NJ when he found himself the prime suspect at a murder scene.
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    29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Unbiased assessment of the Movie March 1, 2006
    By Bruno P
    Format:DVD
    I actually give this movie two separate ratings. First, solely as a cinematic and artistic story I give the movie a 4, maybe even a 4.5 but as some of the other reviews have pointed out, there are some very large historical inaccuracies. Here is my review on each:

    Movie:

    As a movie "The Hurricane" is excellent. Denzel Washington does a great job as do the other actors in this film. It is definitely a tear jerker and helps portray racism which WAS very prevalent during the civil rights movement era. The movie is entertaining and enjoyable, the problem lies with the claim that it is a "true story." The best part of the movie is that it exposes horrible corruption,but when that corruption is possibly false, the movie loses credibility. If it had a different title and was described simply as a story, none of these issues would exist.

    The Facts:

    I am not a lawyer, or a judge, or anything that has to do with crime. I am an officer in the US Army and hopefully someday a business executive. Therefore, I can not give any "facts" regarding the case. Having said that, there is much controversy over what actually happened. It is definitely true that the image of Rubin Carter in real life differs from what is depicted in the movie as well as the image of his friend, John Artis. What the movie doesn't say is that Carter WAS in fact a criminal before he ever was accused of committing the triple murder, one of his crimes being the brutal beating of three people. Additionally, Carter was court marshaled 4 times and was kicked out of the Army after serving only approx 21 months. After released from prison, friend John Artis was arrested again and convicted for dealing drugs (cocaine.
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    14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Insulting the Audience July 13, 2000
    By Derek
    Format:DVD
    People here have commented that the movie would have been better if the villain and other supporting characters were better developed. The most likely reason for this flaw is that most of them are entirely made up. I won't wear myself out trying to convince anyone, but if you do some objective research, you'll find that the Hurricane blatantly distorts facts and ommits crucial information. The movie for example, conveniently ignores the fact that one of the victims survived for a month and described the shooter to a police sketch artist. Instead, it opts to leave her dead at the shooting. This movie was sold as being a true story, but would have been no less accurate if it were claimed to be based on the life of Bjorn Bjorg. Is a movie praiseworthy simply because it succeeds in manipulating our emotions? The filmmakers set out to make a "feel-good" movie and felt they had the artistic license to spice up an already fictitious story with mumbo jumbo, racist sheriffs, child molestors, racial intrigue and -still- claim it is based on a true story.
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    11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A great story of love and hope! July 21, 2000
    By Che
    Format:DVD
    This is a great movie that brings you mixed feelings. It gives you anger, sorrow, strength, compassion, love and hope! This movie is based on the true life story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, played by Denzel Washington. He's chased by a racial driven detective since the age of 11. Being dealt the wrong hand in life, he spends half of his life (wrongfully accused) in jail. I didn't like the directing in the first half of the movie. The director, Norman Jewison, kept jumping from one time frame to another, sometimes without you knowing. During the second half of the movie, it started settling down. It focused more on Hurricane and his relationship with Lesra and his 3 Canadian tutors. Lesra was inspired by Hurricane's publicized book. Hurricane befriends Lesra and his 3 tutors. In fact, they devote their entire lives in trying to prove Hurricane's innocence. Something that activists, famous actors and musicians failed to do before them. This wasn't your typical jail-type of movie. It didn't have any rape, drugs or violence. I look forward to reading the out-of-print hard copy of Hurricane's book, "The 16th Round...".
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... this on VHS so the Blu Ray was a great
    Had this on VHS so the Blu Ray was a great welcome
    Published 2 days ago by Damian M. Beckett
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best movies I have ever seen
    This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I don't want to give details of the book and wish others would not either. This would spoil watching the movie.
    Published 19 days ago by LYNETTE PARIS MALONE
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Loved it! I understand why Dylan wrote a song about Hurricane.
    Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Great story about one of the most heroic person of our time. The acting was excellent.
    Published 1 month ago by Frank Chapman
    3.0 out of 5 stars Rated R for Racism: it NEEDS the deleted scenes, and having deleted...
    Please see the deleted scenes first as they are essential and ignorantly deleted. The scene with the black cab driver revealing exculpatory evidence, insanely deleted. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by C. Scanlon
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie
    Published 1 month ago by Twanda Foster
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    excelleny
    Published 1 month ago by khyde
    5.0 out of 5 stars good
    I really enjoyed this movie. Denzel was awesome, as he always is. The story was good. Nice pace. Plenty of nut-jobs commenting on how he's guilty, this and that, like they know... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by M. Ivey
    1.0 out of 5 stars Very Unsatisified
    Did not know that I had to have a HD DVD Player to play this DVD until the seller had shipped it to me. I do not have this type of player, so I am very disappointed by this.
    Published 2 months ago by Roy Alexander
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Hurricane
    The key moment in "The Hurricane," which tells the story of a boxer framed for murder, takes place not in a prison cell but at a used-book sale in Toronto. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Obsidian
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