The Hurricane

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Released 1999

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Director:
Norman Jewison
Released:
1999
Rating:
R
The Hurricane is 1999 biographical film about boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and his life surrounding his career and conviction of triple homicide. The film is directed by Norman Jewison and stars Denzel Washington as the Hurricane boxer himself. The film primarily concentrates on Carter's life between the years of 1966 and 1985 in which he served 20 years in prison for a triple murder conviction in Paterson, New Jersey which he says he never committed. The film is a dual story, one narrated by Carter while in prison and the other told through the eyes of and underprivileged youth living in Brooklyn named Lesra Martin (Vicellous Reon Shannon). Lesra became interested in Carter's life after reading his autobiographical book. Lesra takes it upon himself to convince his foster family to take on Carter's case and make a plea bargain on his behalf. The film ends with the judge granting the pardon.

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  • 80

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    In what's easily his most zealous and fully realized performance since "Malcolm X," Washington elevates the earnest, occasionally simplistic narrative to the level of a genuinely t...

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Washington leans into an otherwise schlocky movie and slams it out of the ballpark.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    With power, intensity, remarkable range and an ability to disturb that is both unnerving and electric, it is more than Washington's most impressive part.

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Drama

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