The Hurricane

The Hurricane

Norman Jewison (1999)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Thirty-two years after In the Heat of the Night, veteran director Norman Jewison tackles bigotry and prejudice again in this true story of racial injustice. Oscar nominee Denzel Washington stars as Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer who was framed for three murders and sentenced to three life terms. Bob Dylan wrote a song about the case and countless petitions were organised on his behalf, but it took a teenage boy named Lesra Martin (Vicellous Reon Shannon) to liberate Carter after 19 years of wrongful imprisonment. Washington initially makes Carter a prickly, uncooperative character, but his gradual progression from hate-filled loner to dignified role model packs a powerful punch.


Boxer Rubin `Hurricane' Carter dreams of winning the middleweight world title, only to be wrongfully thrown into prison for the murders of three people in a bar. Nineteen years later, a teenager reads the fighter's autobiography and sets out on a campaign to free him. Fact-based drama, starring Denzel Washington, John Hannah, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber and Dan Hedaya.

Cast & Crew

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Denzel Washington
Lesra Martin Vicellous Reon Shannon
Lisa Deborah Kara Unger
Sam Liev Schreiber
Terry John Hannah
Vincent Della Pesca Dan Hedaya
Mae Thelma Carter Debbi Morgan
Lt Jimmy Williams Clancy Brown
Judge Sarokin Rod Steiger
Director Norman Jewison
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 24 Mar 2000