The Hurricane

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This film tells the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, an African-American man who rose above his troubled youth to become a top contender for the middle-weight boxing title. However, his dreams are shattered when he is accused of a triple murder, and is convicted to three natural-life terms. Despite becoming a cause celebre and his dogged efforts to prove his innocence through his autobiography, the years of fruitless efforts have left him discouraged. This changes when an African-American boy and his Canadian mentors read his book and are convinced of his innocence enough to work for his exoneration. However, what Hurricane and his friends learn is that this fight puts them against a racist establishment that profited from this travesty and have no intention of seeing it reversed.

Director: Norman Jewison
Writer: Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter (book), Sam Chaiton (book), Terry Swinton (book), Armyan Bernstein (screenplay), Dan Gordon (screenplay)
Production: N/A
Year: 1999
MetaScore: 74/100
ImdbRating: 7.6
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 14 Jan 2000
Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations.


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Rubin Carter - Denzel Washington
Terry - John Hannah
Della Pesca - Dan Hedaya
Mae Thelma - Debbi Morgan
Lt. Jimmy Williams - Clancy Brown
Myron Bedlock - David Paymer
Leon Friedman - Harris Yulin
Judge Sarokin - Rod Steiger
Mobutu - Badja Djola
Alfred Bello - Vincent Pastore
Warden - Al Waxman
U.S. Court Prosecutor - David Lansbury
John Artis - Garland Whitt
Earl Martin - Chuck Cooper
Alma Martin (as Brenda Thomas Denmark) - Brenda Denmark
Jean Wahl - Marcia Bennett
Louise Cockersham - Beatrice Winde
Young Rubin Carter - Mitchell Taylor Jr.
Paterson Judge - Bill Raymond
Judge Larner - Merwin Goldsmith
Man at Falls - John A. MacKay
Boy at the Falls - Donnique Privott
Tina Barbieri - Moynan King
Nite Spot Cabbie - Gary DeWitt Marshall
Reporter at Bar - John Christopher Jones
Nite Spot Woman - Gwendolyn Mulamba
Paterson Detective (as Richard Davidson) - Richard M. Davidson
Big Ed (as George Odom) - George T. Odom
Woman at Prison - Tonye Patano
Paterson Policeman - Fulvio Cecere
Soldier #1 in U.S.O. Club - Phillip Jarrett
Soldier #2 in U.S.O. Club (as Rodney M. Jackson) - Rodney 'Bear' Jackson
Woman in U.S.O. Club - Judi Embden
Emile Griffith - Terry Claybon
Joey Giardello (as Ben Bray) - Ben Hernandez Bray
Joey Cooper (as Michael Justus) - Mike Justus
Detective at Hospital - Kenneth McGregor
Pittsburgh Ring Announcer - Frank Proctor
Pittsburgh Referee - Peter Wylie
Pittsburgh TV Announcer (as David Gray) - David Wm Gray
Philadelphia Ring Announcer - Joe Matheson
Philadelphia TV Announcer - Bill Lake
Reading, PA. TV Announcer - Robin Ward
Reading, PA. Referee - Harry Davis
Patty Valentine - Pippa Pearthree
Detective - Jean Daigle
Detective at Lafayette Bar (as Robert Evans) - Rob Evans
Reporter at Banquet - Scott Gibson
Cashier - Ann Holloway
Prison Guard - Bruce McFee
Prison Guard - Conrad Bergschneider
Prison Guard - Satori Shakoor
Prison Guard - Zoran Radusinovic
Prison Guard - Stephen Lee Wright
Prison Guard - Michael Bodnar
Prison Guard - Carson Manning
Prison Guard - Debrah Ellen Waller
Prison Guard - Richard Litt
Prison Guard - Adam Large
Prisoner with Camera - Peter Graham
Mechanic - George Masswohl
New Jersey Policeman - Lawrence Sacco
New Jersey Policeman - David Frisch
Federal Court Assistant Prosecutor - Ralph Brown
Reporter - Dyron Holmes
Elstan Martin (as Ryann Williams) - Ryan Williams
St. Joseph's Doctor - Bruce Vavrina
Dancer with John Artis - Brenda Braxton
Jury Foreman - Christopher Riordan
Arthur Bradley - Guy Ale
Self (archive footage) - Muhammad Ali
Self (archive footage) - Ellen Burstyn
Prison Guard - Kevin Carrigan
Self (archive footage) - Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter
Self (archive footage) - Bob Dylan
Self (archive footage) - Joe Frazier
Club Patron - Vinson German
Ringside Reporter - Matt Graver
Prison Guard - Michael Harkins
NSA Press Photographer - David Headon
Club goer with date entering club - Robert Mauzell
Guard - Craig Snoyer
Cop #2 (DVD only) - David Sparrow
Prison Barber - Michael Stevens