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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 (207 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 (207 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVL1XQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,352 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

    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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    28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars flawed but powerful drama July 28, 2000
    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 35 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Unbiased assessment of the Movie March 1, 2006
    By Bruno P
    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:


    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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    13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Insulting the Audience July 13, 2000
    By Derek
    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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    15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars This Is NOT The Story Of The Hurricane August 31, 2008
    In June 1966, two men entered a bar and grill in Paterson, New Jersey and opened fire. Two people were killed and one was to die later of injuries. A fourth victim survived.

    Eventually arrested for the murders were Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and a friend. Carter was a one-time contender for middle-weight title whose career was on the decline. He had an extensive criminal record.

    Carter was tried for murder in 1967 and found guilty. The New Jersey Supreme Court reversed his conviction, and he was put on trial again in 1973. The jury (which had two blacks) found him guilty within a matter of hours. The New Jersey Supreme Court upheld the conviction.

    In 1988, the federal Court of Appeals affirmed a decision by the District Court that prosecutors had withheld material evidence. New Jersey decided not to try Carter again, believing that a good case couldn't be made after so many years.

    Contrary to what Carter and his apologists now say, he was never found innocent or exonerated of the murders.

    The prosecution of Carter was not the strongest murder case brought in New Jersey in 1967 or 1973, but there was ample evidence to support a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt, as even the New Jersey Supreme Court (not known for its conservatism) held.

    This brings me to "Hurricane." Even by Hollywood standards, the movie takes incredible license with the facts, not only with the trial but also Carter's life.

    The production values are excellent and Denzel Washington's performance is outstanding. It does drag at times.

    For more information on the case against Carter and this movie's misrepresentations, see Cal Deal's web site.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile
    A movie worth watching. The acting was beyond good. It makes one think about life for those who have it hard. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by best ever
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Hurricane
    one of the cinemas greatest living actor you feel like your living and feeling the events in front of you Get It a must
    Published 24 days ago by orlando preciado
    5.0 out of 5 stars Should be on everyon's "Must Have Movie" list
    Excellent acting and storytelling. One of my favorite movies, especially of Denzel Washington's. Highly recommend to anyone who appreciates great acting.
    Published 1 month ago by Linda Glaziner
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
    Great story of justice gone wrong. I doubt the whole prison picture and culture pictured here is at all accurate.
    Published 2 months ago by Cici
    4.0 out of 5 stars Boxing for Black People then is similar to the silver war for Black...
    Boxing for Black People then is similar to the silver war for Black Soliders. It's Black History Month learning the fight for freedom and struggles, is taken for granted,Its just... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by charron
    4.0 out of 5 stars kids today
    People should be like this helping others all over the world but instead of helping out the youth or helping out a run down building for kids recreational benefits they spend... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Lillie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
    Why are you sending me this movie twice. I really enjoyed it. I was born in New Jersey so I remember his story.
    Published 2 months ago by g
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story of true courage...
    Great movie! Not too surprised though, you can't ever go wrong with a movie starring Denzel. This is such an unbelievable story (in a good way), took a lot of strength and... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Andrew Logan
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Hurricane helped me heal
    This movie is wonderful, where a good child who then becomes a good man is stalked by a racist cop. He is always unjustly accused, even as a child trying to defend one of his... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Desiree Coad
    5.0 out of 5 stars Here comes the story about the Hurricane
    Brutal story. A must watch. A definite tear jerker. A movie where you take from it what you get from it
    Published 3 months ago by Ian B Roberts
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