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The Hurricane [DVD] [2000]


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  • Actors: Denzel Washington|Vicellous Reon Shannon
  • Directors: Norman Jewison
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004ZBVX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,914 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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True story of wrongfully imprisoned middleweight boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, based on his own autobiography and the testimony of those who helped to obtain his release. In 1973, Carter (Denzel Washington) languishes in jail, having been falsely accused and convicted of murdering three whites in a New Jersey ballroom. The man responsible for his arrest is corrupt white detective Vincent Della Pasca (Dan Hedaya), who has already had Carter imprisoned twice before on jumped up charges. When young black boy Lesra Martin (Vicellous Reon Shannon) reads Carter's autobiography, he is moved to campaign for his release. Supported by Canadian educationalists Terry (John Hannah), Lisa (Deborah Kara Unger) and Sam (Liev Schreiber), Lesra manages to obtain an appeal, but when this goes against him Carter begins to lose hope of ever clearing his name.

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In his direction of The Hurricane, veteran filmmaker Norman Jewison understands that slavish loyalty to factual detail is no guarantee of compelling screen biography. In telling the story of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter--who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1967 and spent nearly two decades in jail--Jewison and his screenwriters compress time, combine characters, and rearrange events with a nonchalance that would be galling if they didn't remain honest to the core truth of Carter's ordeal. Because of that emotional integrity--and because Denzel Washington brings total conviction to his title role--The Hurricane rises above the confines of biographical fidelity to embrace higher values of courage, compassion, and ultimate justice.

Jewison is woefully heavy-handed in his treatment of the fictionalised, absurdly villainous detective (Dan Hedaya) who zealously plots to keep Carter in jail, and anyone familiar with Carter's story may object to the film's simplified account. But what matters here is the shining star of hope that is Lesra (Vicellous Reon Shannon), the Brooklyn teenager who rejuvenates Carter's legal battle in the early 1980s. This surrogate father-son relationship is what revives Carter's hope for family and future, and makes The Hurricane so engrossing and emotionally effective. Lesra's real-life Canadian mentors are compressed from nine characters to three, but their efforts are superbly dramatised, and Jewison hits the small but important grace notes that make a good film even better. By its final scenes, The Hurricane conveys the rich, rewarding satisfaction of surviving a difficult but valuable journey of mind, body, and soul.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2004
Format: DVD
Rubin Carter was wrongfully imprisoned before I was even born, and I'm sure I am one of many who first learned of his shocking case through the telling words of Bob Dylan's song "Hurricane." Dylan was one of many who believed in Carter's innocence and helped raise awareness of the gross injustice he suffered at the hands of the justice system in New Jersey. I do not know all of the facts in the actual case, but I am aware of the fact that this film does not follow the history of events exactly - it's no secret, as a disclaimer of such appears at the beginning of the movie. This is not a documentary; it's a moving tale of prejudice, corruption, and hatred ultimately defeated by love, truth, and honor; as such, it captures the heart and spirit of Carter's tragic story in the most powerful of ways.
You could call what happened to Rubin Carter a travesty of justice, yet even this term barely begins to explain Carter's plight. He was tried and convicted of the murder of three individuals in a New Jersey bar in 1967 for two reasons: he was black and he was successful. He and a fan were heading home in a white car when they were pulled over, hauled over to a murder scene they knew nothing about and then to the hospital to see if anyone could identify them as the murderers - which no one did. This did not stop the lead detective from arresting and trying them for murder - by suppressing evidence and forging documents, not to mention engineering the false testimony of quite impeachable witnesses, the police and prosecutors got their conviction. Rubin Carter's boxing career was over, and this man - who could have been the middle-weight champion of the world - found himself looking at three life sentences for a crime he did not commit.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 8 Aug 2006
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This film is a true story. It is important for you to know that because some of the facts and reactions seem excessive, and yet... It all starts with a bunch of rowdy black kids who run across an older white man, a local personality who starts playing with these boys of ten or eleven and these boys decide to fight against it, probably without knowing what they were fighting against, except that it was not correct to let an older white man touch you if you were a little black boy. Local police and justice officials will go along a road that leads the same boy who is arrested for « molesting » the older man to a triple death sentence for a triple murder that he never committed and that will never be investigated properly. The film is absolutely outstanding because it sets the emphasis on this black man, an ex-world champion in boxing, transcending this fate and getting so high in his meditation that he is truly free in prison and truly divine in his mind. This Hurricane thus set as an example and model to anyone whose freedom is endangered, we can move to the 15 year old black boy from Brooklyn who buys and reads Rubin Carter's book in a booksale for 25 cents. His own life is a series of accidental cicumstances that lead him from deprevation among alcoholics to some achievement in a « host family » in Canada. This black boy, Lesra, identifies with Rubin and gets involved in his case. His Canadian guardians get along with this involvement and they will eventually bring the truth out and convince a federal court that the man is innocent and has to be released from prison immediately. What is important here is how these people react and organize their search and how it succeeds thanks to some nearly immaterial circumstances that go their way and not the simple automatic and habitual way.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Oct 2000
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There is no way you can deny Denzel Washington is a reputed actor, but to my surprise he has surpassed all expectations with his portrayal of legend fighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter. His performance is gripping, and leaves those watching entranced by this story of opression and surfering during the sixties and seventies all the way upto the present day. It is a performance brimming with brilliant emotional character, the way Washington puts emphasis upon his methodical acting is inch perfect. There are no flaws from Washington throughout the entire motion picture. Supporting roles from Rod Steiger, John Hannnah and Deborah Unger are also creditable.The movie itself is extremly charming, examining all depths of the Hurricane, leaving no stone unturned with heavy focus on personal emotion all the way from superb boxing sequences to Carters psychodelic emprisonment in the 'hole'. This DVD is a credit to the format. The boxing sequences, mentioned above, are truly given a true ambiance through the Dolby sound, the extra features present on the DVD are also worth mentioning. The featurette gives in depth information on the making of the picture. The deleted scenes, with instruction by the director, are a true delight. In conclusion, this movie is fantastic. The story is brilliantly scened by Norman Jewison, reminding us of the days of Rollerball. However Denzel Washington's perfomance remains as the stand out or pinacle of this movie. True class. A well earned Golden Globe award for this great man, and in my view only narrowly missing out on an Academy Award to that man, what's his name agian ? Oh yes, Kevin Spacey.
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