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The Hurricane

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7.62 h 26 min2000R
Wrongfully imprisoned for murder, boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter battles his demons and despair while waging a twenty-year battle to clear his name. An inspirational, powerful true story.
Directors
Norman Jewison
Starring
Denzel WashingtonVicellous Reon ShannonLiev Schreiber
Genres
DramaEPGSports
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Deborah Kara UngerJohn HannahRod SteigerDan HedayaDebbi MorganClancy BrownDavid PaymerHarris YulinGarland Whitt
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Armyan BernsteinNorman JewisonJohn Ketcham
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UNIVERSAL PAY TELEVISION
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4.7 out of 5 stars

2236 global ratings

  1. 83% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 3% of reviews have 3 stars
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  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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Margaret OpineReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A MUST SEE FOR ALL AMERICANS....
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ESPECIALLY TODAY....
THERE IS SOMETHING THAT IRKS ME TO NO END: WHEN A LONE CROOKED MAN, ONE MAN CAN ORCHESTRATE SO MUCH PAIN, A LIFETIME OF PAIN ON OTHERS, AND OUR WHOLE COUNTRY AND IT GOES ON AND ON UNTIL THERE IS SOMEONE WHO STANDS UP FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. HOW CAN THAT BE? BUT IT IS. But it is...reality! But it is reality! ONE MAN.
.....ONE MAN LOWERS THE BAR INCREDIBLY SO...ANOTHER MAN RAISES THE BAR INCREDIBLY SO.
Well performed, well written....held in a slow but methodical presentation to make the viewer a part of the ''''essence'''' of this justice to know that it is wrong. And to fight for justice is to help justice rise. Rise. Rise. And, at the same time the coming and knowing that Right will sometimes rise no matter the odds.

A brutal undertaking launched upon a man with pride making the toll he was forced to live even worse but it was relief for me that there were decent people about that dreamed and hoped and worked hard to make justice prevail. ALL AMERICANS SHOULD VIEW THIS FILM.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Have to root for Carter because of the injustices he faced
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Hurricane is based upon the true story of Rubin The Hurricane Carter played by Denzel Washington. Carter was a boxer who was wrongly convicted of a murder. The story is about how he fought his case and found his freedom.

The most effective part of the movie is the start where it shows Carter’s plight. The movie uses a series of flashbacks to tell Carter’s story. For instance it shows him winning a boxing championship, him being in prison, the shooting he was accused of by a man in surgery who didn’t identify him, the book he wrote about his life while imprisoned, and more. It lays out how the police and justice system were racist and were intent upon incarcerating black people. The judge for instance gave a speech about wanting to send him away to a real prison because he was such a menace even though he was a pre-teen little kid.

I have to say you root for Carter because of the injustices he faced. At the same time the Canadians that came to help him are a bit weird. They didn’t act strangely but their story is just an add one.
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lovereadingReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Isn't even worthy of 1 star.
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This fictional movie that is passed off as a true story, is disgustingly one sided. Rubin Carter was just a criminal that the left decided to canonize so they could feel good about themselves. They smeared Vincent DeSimone a man of integrity, that was made out to be a virulent racist, this was disgusting. I watched the movie and then did a bit of research and was amazed at what I found out. I suggest anyone else that watches this drivel to do the same .
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Asian at HeartReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
I am blessed to be alive
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This story is an important look into the depth of how vulnerable children are and how far we need to still go to protect them. If abortion had been legal in the 1950's I would not be alive. Say what you will about Catholics and Lutherans, but they saved my life even though they also abused me. I am not ruined, nor am I sorry to be alive. The lies about my identity were necessary to a point, but I have nothing to be ashamed of. I thought I was the youngest of 7 children, I am actually an orphan and an only child with one dead brother and one who was given into foster care. Still glad to be alive.
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MichaelReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A beautiful tragedy.
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Human beings... Those words should mean more to everyone one of us. Color. What a fragantly ignorant thing. To treat another human being so egregiously shatters my soul. Today our courts still let injustice happen. Stand for justice. Stand for the truth. Let the hateful see you smile. It harms them more than anything you can do to them.
MamiRedBMW4213Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
GREAT not good but GREAT amazing high talent actors make GREAT FILMS....this is of NO EXCEPTION.DENZEL is INCREDIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!
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hola to all.i was a teenager when i think he was in prison etc met lesra
the 80's etc. but i know i have never heard of this until atty.told me about this amazing film. i am so happy she told me,she is a FORMER Judge. as,being a advocate on civil rights,equal protection for ALL innocent on parental-child rights in new jersey tri-state area nyc etc.i know how this man must have felt.
the fact a prosecutor can go to court proceed as if he has REAL evidence
all conjured up,fabricated withheld etc. all in the name of jealous hatred
to secure a state win shows as the judge say at the end of the film and for the "ruling"to then be UPHELD once the proof is verified of the fraud
on the court,etc. the lies fabrication,as that is a violation of the worse kind etc. i love the judge at the end of the movie said it BEST.
(what the "state"did to him,judge said analogous to my paraphrasing is and would be more worse then the actual person who DID indeed do the crime
etc.)thus must vacate his old verdict,etc and i agree wholeheartedly...

as we know how this man must have felt being the advocate i am falsely accused,people who were set up framed etc.
as right now:

we have a case actually here in
N.J.MULTI MILLION $ Dollar suits are pending currently and more to come 09
* where the state of new jersey attempted to assert presumably how this N.J.parent abused her child.That she was the"WORSE ABUSE"parent,her case was in n.j.history as quoted by THEIR THERAPIST STEPHANIE AUERBACH(Millburn N.J.) that the mother just all the sudden flip out,went all crazy,by beating child severely with a hanger,that mother inflicted EXCESSIVE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT ON HER CHILD?

However everyone reading this review there were not 1 but SEVERAL CLEAR COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN"the night in question of the child" clear color "PIX,DOCUMENTATION,POLICE/DYFS files all proving beyond ANY doubt from anyone that the state clearly LIED......
N.J. D.A.G.(Deputy attorney General here in new jersey)BROUGHT this case to the UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN ELIZABETH,NJ knowingly he has NO EVIDENCE STRONG ENOUGH TO SUPPORT ABUSE TO CHILD,WE KNOW THIS NOW BY THE DISCOVERY,putting time line together and collecting even reports saying MOTHER DID NOT DO IT SHE WAS CLEARED,WE CAN'T SUBSTANTIATE ABUSE TO CHILD AND OR NEGLECT!
they all lied! and suit has been filed on behalf of the 2 girls damage by being torn apart from mother on a GROSS NEGLIGENT/SEVERE FALSEHOOD.

(DYFS STAND FOR DIVISION YOUTH FAMILY SERVICES)new jersey CPS agency,they all lied framing the mother for incentice,bonus etc then put child in DIRECT HARM, THE LAWSUIT FOR OUR TEAM NOW IS "PENDING"and more to come in winter 09.AS WE ARE ALSO HERE IN THIS CASE PUSHING FOR CHANGED LAWS As well tougher penalties for workers at the division who withhold,fabricate
investigatory procedure etc. regarding new jersey CORRUPT DYFS-CPS,so we know how the "hurricane must have felt"and thankful this GREAT ACTOR was
able to pop out of our t.v.screen and make us FEEL what the"hurricane"must
have Really been going through. i know MANY WHO LOVE THIS FILM ALL RACES.
we are so happy/so glad he is OUT and free now.
this stupid bias non-astute prosecutor has no proof just the officer/detec.was JEALOUS that was flagrant.they were just non-astute and
VERY JEALOUS,of this good lookin'nice talented smart black man,this is evident,that you have to set some one up because of that,how disgusting.
but we are so happy the HURRICANE fought back,after at 1st wanting to just give up he never did as he KNEW he was INNOCENT...god knew it too.

So glad the white advocate team came to help him and young black boy lesra
* AS THE WAY THEY WERE ABLE TO DISPROVE ALL OF WHAT THE STATE WAS ATTEMPTING TO DO, I LOVE IT CAN WATCH IT OVER AND OVER SINCE GETTING IT OFF OF AMAZON THIS YEAR!Albeit yes some has been altered for more drama i
hear who knows,but i love it and i am so happy DENZEL did a 10000% great job in each scene,best ethnic actor in my opinion of OUR time.love him ! he just CANNOT MAKE A HORRIBLE MOVIE,no wonder he is so great in each film
that do not happen with EACH ACTOR,denzel is wonderful in this film throughout. ACTUALLY ADDICTED TO THIS MOVIE ON CABLE FOR TWO YEARS LMFAO LOL WE JUST FINALLY DECIDED ON BUYING IT FOR THE HOUSE VIDEO VHS,DVD Collection we own here at home.THIS MOVIE IS SURELY ADDICTING! I AM HAPPY THE "Judge"knew at the end what"really happened"and was not sway
by the lieing,sneak of a prosecutor any longer,as the FEDERAL COURT SEEN
what "really happen"to this poor innocent once talented great man i was
so happy to see the ending most and the part where they were all meeting
the HURRICANE in prison etc. great throughout though. i loved each part!
as i am so happy to see so far MOST find this film just as incredible as
i do.(Smart viewers/people!) lol

as actually I AM WATCHING THIS ALL WEEKEND TONIGHT TOMORROW WITH MI
PAPI CHULO AS WE LOVE THIS FILM,FROM NEW JERSEY AREA THIS BOXER SET UP &FRAMED,FOR A CRIME HE DIDN'T COMMIT.AMAZINGLY THESE NICE PEOPLE WHITE AT THAT,AND YOUNG LESRA HELP HIM MORE THAN HE EVEN THOUGHT WAS FEASIBLE,SO
ASTUTE,SO INCREDIBLY MADE "EACH PART OF THIS FILM"SO POIGNANT,SO WELL PUT
TOGETHER,I HAVE TO GIVE THIS MOVIE IF WE CAN 100 STARS! GORGEOUS TALENTED
DENZEL IS POWERFUL,THUS MAKING HIM IMO THE BEST BLACK ACTOR FOR THIS FILM
I REALLY CAN'T SEE ANY OTHER BLACK MAN PLAY THIS TRUE TO LIFE FILM SO WELL
AS DENZEL DID.GREAT ACTORS MAKE GREAT FILMS.THIS IS OF NO EXCEPTION I LOVE
DENZEL,BUT LOVE MORE SO THE WAY JEWISON HANDLED "eACH PART"of the film with TRUTH. and even if some of it is altered,so what,great entertainment
all throughout with smiles,laughter tears,bonding throughout the movie and
heavy compassion,anger etc. just everything was in my honest opinion on
point,as i did not read the book only the movie,but i know others also
saying it was not"all true"but 75% is high enough for me! lol i love it and i am SO GLAD the fighter,ex champ in my opinion,is HOME NOW,Around
people who LOVE/CARE FOR HIM,as i hear he STILL keeping in touch with the
three NICE WHITE FOLK who help him,advocate for him assisting in his release,as i hear him and LESRA are still just as tight,as lesra in his
mid upper thirties now.so nice. going back to watch it again i love the
HURRICANE/DENZEL KEEP ME ENTERTAINED,CRYING THROUGHOUT..SAD AND FINALLY
HAPPIER TEARS AT THE END !ADIOS AND
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL..AND A HAPPY 09.GOD SPEED.
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Julie A. BaconReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Killer or not you will be rooting for him
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I was so sad when Denzel Washington won an Academy award for Training Day. It was an OK movie. To me, the full depth and breadth of Denzel‘s talent was Hurricane! He made me laugh and cry and I was right there with him...he WAS the hurricane. A much more challenging role where “Denzel” completely disappeared. As in the story of the lady and the tiger, we will never know what really happened…
LaWandra CrummieReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
What can I say?
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I'm an avid Denzel fan! That being said the story of Hurricane just goes to show you the more things change the more things stay the same. Although it left out a little info on Hurricane the boxer, its subject matter is the same thing we are STILL dealing with today. Maybe that's why Denzel didn't receive the Oscar for this performance and got it for Training Day instead?
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