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At Theaters: 1/21/2000 On Video: 7/11/2000
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 26 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 129911
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was a strong contender for the middleweight boxing title. But his dreams were destroyed when he was sentenced to serve three life terms in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He published his memoir, which inspired a teenage and three Canadian activists, who believed in the truth, to join forces with Carter to prove his innocence.

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Drama - This inspiring drama will mainly appeal to adults and especially fans of star Denzel Washington. Though there is some violence and foul language, the story's powerful message could be enough to make the film appropriate for younger viewers.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Denzel Washington THE BONE COLLECTOR
Deborah Unger PAYBACK, THE GAME
Liev Schreiber SPHERE, PHANTOMS
John Hannah THE MUMMY, SLIDING DOORS
Director: Norman Jewison MOONSTRUCK, BOGUS
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Production Notes Heading
A Compelling Biography
A Directors Vision
Lesera and the Canadians
The Actor as Boxer
Truth Transends
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PROFANITY: Fairly frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: Some brutal boxing action, shootings, and more.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some brief alcohol use; frequent tobacco use.
ACTION: Some boxing action.
COMEDY: Occasional comic dialogue.
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Very Good
The title of The Hurricane is not only the nickname of its main character, boxer Rubin Carter, but also an apt description of the work of Carter's portrayer, Denzel Washington. Forceful, dynamic, and wholly natural, Washington's performance ranks among the very best of his illustrious career--a turn so strong that it easily smooths over the rough patches in Norman Jewison's fact-based drama. The fairly conventional The Hurricane is not a piece of cinematic greatness, but on Washington's mighty shoulders, it often flirts with becoming one.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 124 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
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Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
14
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
7
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
Fairly High
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20-29Yg Adults (F)
4
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
42
High
98%
30+Adults (F)
54
Very High
98%
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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Academy Award winner Denzel Washington (Glory. Malcolm X) is Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a man whose dreams of winning the middleweight boxing title were destroyed when he was arrested along with another man for the murders of three people in a New Jersey bar. Wrongfully accused, Carter and John Artis were convicted and sentenced to three life terms in prison, where Carter decided to channel his frustration and despair by writing his own story from his cell.

Although his autobiography, The Sixteenth Round, did get published, Carter remained behind bars, finding inner peace by withdrawing from the outer world and the national interest which surrounded his case (including impassioned pleas from Bob Dylan and Muhammad Ali, among others).

Years later, an alienated American youth living in Canada (Vicellous Reon Shannon) found direction and purpose for the first time in his life after reading Carter's book, and began corresponding with him. Convinced of his innocence, the teenager enlisted his social activist guardians: Terry Swinton (John Hannah), Lisa Peters (Deborah Kara Unger) and Sam Chaiton (Liev Schreiber), to mount a full-time campaign to get Carter released.

Initially reluctant to join forces with these wellmeaning strangers, Carter was soon won over by their extraordinary passion and selfless commitment to his cause, proclaiming "Hate put me in prison, love is gonna' bust me out." With renewed faith and determination, Carter was able to continue his fight for justice and eventually walk out a free man.

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