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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
This is a story about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter who was convicted of a robbery-murder at a tavern in Paterson New Jersey in 1965. His conviction was questioned, there was even a popular song about his case. Years afterwards a young man bought a book about this case, “The Sixteenth Round”. They show Carter’s youth in his home town (Paterson NJ, the first industrial town in the nation). He was arrested for an assault on an older white man in a park who gave candy to a young black boy. “What happened?” That man was an important person. At 11 years old he was sent to a Reformatory in Jamesburg NJ for 8 years. Rubin is smart, but he can’t read. Can he learn?
He escaped and went into the Army as a paratrooper; he became a boxer. There is a conflict in a bar. He meets a pretty woman there. But his is arrested to finish his time. He decides to take control of his life and begins reading and exercising. He spent almost half his life in jail when he was released. Carter became a professional boxer and won his bouts. But he has enemies. They show the 1967 riots in Newark NJ on TV. Carter made a joke “off the record”. Carter fought in Philadelphia, the referees decide he lost. [Was the fix in? Does organized crime influence sporting events?] There was a burglary at a tavern. Can they identify Rubin? Rubin is convicted along with John Artis. They get a life conviction for three murders. Rubin claims his innocence, and is put in “the hole” for 90 days.
Time passes. [Does solitary confinement affect the mind?] Carter adjusts his outlook. He studies the trial transcript and finds faults. Some people in show business support his claims. Carter resists in spirit. A young man writes to him and gets a reply. He will visit Rubin.Read more ›
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Wasn't even the right movie. If you are going to sell a dvd make sure it is as described in the details. The movie was about a real hurricane. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A great story about about a wrongfully convicted man's fight for freedomPublished 1 month ago by Allen Reische
Really enjoyed this movie!! Loving the themes of hope and determination.Published 1 month ago by Coaster Girl
Very good movie. Denzel is his usual great self, good supporting cast.
Some of the facts about the final disposition of the case are inaccurate but I think they took license... Read more
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