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The Hurricane [HD DVD]

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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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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

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

  • Product Details

    • 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, NTSC, 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 Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
    • Run Time: 146 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000NVL1XQ
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,290 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Hurricane [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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    By Roland E. Zwick on 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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    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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    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. A 15-year-old boy named Lesra spends 25 cents to buy his first book, the autobiography of the boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. As he reads it, he becomes determined to meet the boxer and support his fight for freedom, and that decision leads to redemption.-Robert Ebert
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    The Hurricane, 2000 film

    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.
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