The Hurricane

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"His greatest fight was for justice."
  • R
  • 1999
  • 2 hr 25 min
  • 7.6  (101,201)
  • 74

The Hurricane is a 1999 biographical sports drama film directed by Norman Jewison, starring Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, and Deborah Kara Unger. The film tells the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted of a triple murder in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1966. Denzel Washington gives a powerful performance as Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a promising young boxer from New Jersey who was arrested and wrongfully convicted of the murder of three people at the Lafayette Grill in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1966. The film begins with Carter's childhood in New Jersey and follows him through his boxing career, which was derailed after he was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

The first half of the film focuses on Carter's early life and his rise as a boxer. We see him as a young boy in Paterson, New Jersey, where he grows up in poverty and experiences racism firsthand. Despite the many obstacles he faces, Carter becomes a skilled boxer and eventually earns a shot at the middleweight championship. However, his promising career is cut short when he is arrested and convicted of a crime he did not commit.

The second half of the film follows Carter's fight to clear his name and regain his freedom. In prison, he meets a young man named Lesra (Vicellous Shannon), who becomes interested in Carter's case and begins to investigate the evidence. Eventually, Lesra and a group of Canadians become convinced of Carter's innocence and work tirelessly to get his case reopened. The Hurricane follows Carter's journey to clear his name and the many challenges he faces along the way.

The film also touches on themes of racism and injustice. Carter's wrongful conviction is portrayed as the result of systemic racism and corruption within the criminal justice system. The film highlights the unfair treatment that many black Americans faced during this time period and the difficulty of finding justice in a system that was stacked against them.

Overall, The Hurricane is a powerful and emotional film that tells an important story. Denzel Washington's performance is outstanding, and the film's message about justice, perseverance, and the human spirit is timeless. While some may find the film slow-paced, it is a must-watch for anyone interested in the civil rights movement, the criminal justice system, or the sport of boxing.

The Hurricane is a 1999 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 25 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6 and a MetaScore of 74.

The Hurricane
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    7.6  (101,201)
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