The Hurricane (1999)

The Hurricane (1999)

The Hurricane



Critic Consensus: Thanks in large part to one of Denzel Washington's most powerful on-screen performances, The Hurricane is a moving, inspirational sports drama, even if it takes few risks in telling its story.

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In 1966, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was a top-ranked middleweight boxer whom many fight fans expected to become world champion. When three people were shot to death in a bar in Paterson, New Jersey, Carter and his friend John Artis, driving home from another club in Paterson, were stopped and questioned by police. Although the police asserted that Carter and Artis "were never suspects," a man named Alfred Bello, himself a suspect in the killings, claimed that Carter and Artis were present at the … More

Rating: R (for language and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Sports & Fitness, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Armyan Bernstein, Dan Gordon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 11, 2000
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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as Terry Swinton

as Lisa Peters

as Sam Chaiton

as Myron Bedlock

as Det. Della Pesca

as Leon Friedman

as Mae Thelma

as Lt. Jimmy Williams

as Judge Sarokin

as John Artis

as Alfred Bello

as Warden

as U.S. Court Prosecuto...

as Earl Martin

as Jean Wahl

as Louise Cockersham

as Paterson Judge

as Judge Larner

as Man at Falls

as Boy at the Falls

as Tina Barbieri

as Nite Spot Cabbie

as Reporter at Bar

as Nite Spot Woman

as Paterson Detective

as Woman at Prison

as Paterson Policeman

as Soldier No. 1 in U.S...

as Soldier No. 2 in U.S...

as Woman in U.S.O. Club

as Emile Griffith

as Joey Giordello

as Joey Cooper

as Detective at Hospita...

as Pittsburgh Ring Anno...

as Pittsburgh Referee

as Pittsburgh TV Announ...

as Philadelphia Ring An...

as Philadelphia TV Anno...

as Reading, PA TV Anno...

as Reading, PA Referee

as Patty Valentine

as Detective

as Detective at Layfaye...

as Reporter at Banquet

as Cashier

as Lieutenant

as Prison Guard

as Prison Guard

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as Prison Guard

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as Prison Guard

as Prisoner With Camera

as New Jersey Policeman

as New Jersey Policeman

as Federal Court Assist...

as Reporter

as Elstan Martin

as St. Joseph's Doctor

as Dancer with John Art...

as Jury Foreman

as Paterson Judge
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Critic Reviews for The Hurricane

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (31)

Facile and unpersuasive.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie's dogged humorlessness, and its sixties-style cant, don't do justice to all the political crosscurrents in this story.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A reminder that there's still a lot to be said for the good old-fashioned inspirational Hollywood movie.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Give director Norman Jewison credit for two things: 1) He made the movie; 2) He let Washington run away with it.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Stirring but schmaltzy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Denzel dazzles in biopic of imprisoned boxer.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Hurricane

Powerful story

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer

Norman Jewison's The Hurricane is a pulse pounding drama about middle weight boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter who was wrongly imprisoned for a murder he did not commit. Denzel Washington stars in the lead role, and he gives a stunning performance, and it ranks among his strongest of his career. This is a film that boasts a strong story with equally great acting. Norman Jewison crafts a worthwhile film that is a near flawless biopic. Like I previously stated, Washington delivers here, and he carries the film. He is the perfect choice to play Rubin Carter. The film has its flaws, as it tends to get a bit too dramatic, luckily it does manage to tone it down to make this film a well crafted Drama. The story is compelling and entertaining from start to finish. What I love the most about Denzel Washington is how he delivers a performance. He is a fine actor who is very talented, and he yet Again brings a stunning performance. With his powerful performance as Rubin Carter, he elevates the film's strength to overcome its flaws. This is a great film that is worth seeing if you love Washington's work. The film is powerful and poignant. Aside the plot, which is well layered, the film does carry an important message and it will certainly carry on with viewers. The message is that if society does you a wrong, in this case, a wrongful murder conviction, then it's worth fighting for if you strongly believe that person is innocent, and in the case of The Hurricane, it shows how crooked the system is and how right can prevail. Norman Jewison has made a fine drama that tells a very good story and is elevated by a wonderful cast of terrific talented. If you're looking for one of Denzel Washington's finest roles, you will be more than satisfied with The Hurricane.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

"While this picture is based upon a true story, some characters have been composited or invented, and a number of incidents fictionalized."

Now that's the disclaimer at the very outset of the movie. So take your pick for who's to be blamed for those having problems with fictionalization of true events here. Whatever manipulations and distortions are carried out are probably done taking into account the well-being of the movie makers and its viewers in 'general'. Overall, I was fine with it although I felt that they should have been a bit more specific about certain things when the movie ended. The movie wasn't appropriately edited and could have used some more trimming. Over dramatization was another problem that irritated me. But all in all, it's a watchable fare with regular performances.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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