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The Hurricane

2 h 19 min2000NR
Academy AwardеЁ nominee* Denzel Washington e earned a Golden Globe for his powerful performance in this critically acclaimed masterpiece directed by Norman Jewison (In The Heat Of The Night, The Thomas Crown Affair).
Norman Jewison
Denzel WashingtonJohn HannahDeborah Kara Unger
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Liev SchreiberVicellous ShannonDavid Paymer
John Ketcham
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1502 global ratings

  1. 79% of reviews have 5 stars
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D. J. MiddletonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 January 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Feel ashamed, to live in a land where justice is a game
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Like many people my first introduction to Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter was through Bob Dylan’s brilliant 1976 song ‘Hurricane’. This film features that song and fills in many of the details. Carter is brilliantly portrayed by Denzel Washington giving a career defining performance for which he received, rightly in my view, a Golden Globe. This is essentially the story of how the American justice system’s institutionalised racism was able to take 2 young black men (Carter was convicted alongside his unfortunate fan John Artis who just happened to be in the wrong place) and fit them up for a crime they did not commit. The film also features the friendship that develops between Carter and Lesra Martin who implausibly but truthfully was found and mentored by 3 Canadian entrepreneurs who not only mentored him but took up the case of Rubin Carter. The film has been criticised for being selective with the facts. As far as I can tell the facts of the case are all portrayed accurately and perhaps what some people find uncomfortable is the fact that as Bob Dylan put it “You couldn’t help but be ashamed, to live in a land where justice is a game”. Highly recommended.
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Sean HollandReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A truly beautiful film.
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Whilst downloading "The Hurricane" I was not expecting too much. I had watched, "Million Dollar Baby", "Creed" and 15 minutes of "Raging Bull" as part of my research for a screenplay I had been hired to write. Two days into boxing films I was really just ticking a box. The latter, a Scorcese classic by all accounts, was a huge disappointment. So far out of date in its tone and character portrayals, I found it unwatchable.

Enter "The Hurricane". Sure the film is about a boxer, but it is not about boxing. Both the screenplay and the directing are world class. I had set out to make beat point notes, character observations and absorb some of the details about prison life. In fact, by 5 minutes in I was lost in the story.

The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is a powerful and emotive tale. The counterpoint characters, a young man by the name of Lesra Martin and his educational sponsors, bring a touching dynamic to an otherwise bitter tale of racism, lies and deceit.

I don't want to say any more, other than watch it. It is a beautiful telling of the story. Very moving.
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ChrisHReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I saw this film many years ago when it first came out in the nineties. I listen to Bob Dylan a lot and his song Hurricane always gets to me and so I thought I’d watch the film again.
It is still a superb True Story film. Very emotional with brilliant acting. The core subject aside, which is harrowing in parts, is an action packed story with nail biting moments. I bought the film rather than rented it as I know I will watch it again.
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GCReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 May 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting classic story of a renowned injustice
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I purchased this after listening to the Wise Buddha production on BBC Sounds called The Hurricane Tapes and was a little disappointed as the audio production was able to delve deeper with several historic personal accounts. However it was a good compliment - maybe watch the movie first.
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Tahir UsmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 November 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
A very strong and inspiring real life tale
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This is the story of boxer Rubin Carter who was wrongly convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey in 1966, not once but twice! Without wanting to give too much away the film focuses on his time in prison and he uses that to go through his case piece by piece to find all of its flaws which he publishes in his book while still inside. He also trains to make his body a weapon. He eventually receives outside help from a boy he reads his book and believes in him, and his family take up his cause despite lofty opposition. He is eventually freed in 1985 when he takes his case to the Court of Appeal despite all the risk this carried.

This is definitely well worth a watch if only to appreciate Denzel Washington’s master class of a performance and excellent narration. The film will also introduce you to a real life land mark piece of history if not already familiar to you.

I have also read that the film is slightly biased as it skips a lot of Carter’s violent past and paints him almost like a saint. But that is only a minor criticism and definitely shouldn’t be a reason to skip this movie.
5 people found this helpful
M.G.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb acting
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This is one of the most underrated movies of our time. This movie brings to light the injustices, acts of corruption and racism. It tells the story of a courageous and defiant boxer who truly took the road less travelled. Denzel's performance is outstanding. This is definitely a 'must watch' movie
MjjfReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 August 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
5 stars all the way
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Inspiring; moving; the actiors are ALL brilliant. Havent seen in a while so when I saw this I couldnt remember the outcome; I was rivetted; I coiuldnt believe that the Police cop could get away and have so much hate- Am ordering the hurricane book '' the Sixteenth Round: From Number 1 Contender to Number 45472 " and the book he was reading in the cell. 'The awakening of Intelligence'.
I find it very upsetting that a racial injustice could be done like this, from the power of someone in a position who can manipulate and create evidence in order to deprive an innocent man of his 'life' and title. Thank god for the brave selfless guys that came to save him. The sad thing is, this is a true story, and there must be hundreds upon hubdreds of victims who had this happen ; in jail, and never got to write or speak about it. Great Film. As always, Denzel Washington was superb. Liev Schreiber was in it and he is a very under rated actor. Recommend this film 5 stars.
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bridgesilverReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent film
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Saw this about 9 years ago, and could still remember it well, so bought this as children have now grown and would like to see it too.
Cant write anything more articulately about the content than other reviewers about this film based on true events.
The group of people who eventually helped to win his freedom first started on their campaign when a young charge picked up a book about Rubin Carter, read it and pestered them until they relented. When this young charge questioned about luck in picking up the book, the unforgettable line "sometimes books choose you...." in answer to his musings will stay with me always.
Denzel Washington is sheer class and brings depth and poignancy to this thoughtful and memorable film.
The short clips of the real Rubin Carter at the end of the film show him to be a man of depth and great humility. How this cruel and dreadful miscarriage of justice could have happened to this genuinely nice man defies belief.
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