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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 fictionalized, 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 dramatized, 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This special edition video includes over 20 minutes of additional material, including a featurette called "Spotlight on Location." Also available on the DVD, this behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Hurricane features interviews with the film's primary cast and crew. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Enjoyed the film. It goes to show you how some people (here the detective) are just plain evil and makes someone else pay and this at a great cost - someone else`s life (22 years... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jean
One of the best movies I've ever seen- makes me cry every time. Canadians rock! (if you watch the movie you'll understand the reference!)Published 20 months ago by Karpedmgirl
Le film The hurricane a été reçu en bon état et conforme à l'annonce du vendeur. Le DVD fonctionne très bien.Published on May 7 2013 by Daniel Mérineau
To capture the spirit of a wrongfully convicted prizefighter who manages to rise above a corrupt judicial system was the mandate handed to actor, Denzel Washington. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2012 by Paul Desjardins
This film always kept its focus and Denzel was supurb. The inaccuracies of the movie are to be expected because afterall, this is Hollywood's take. Read morePublished on July 13 2004
The story is about 15% factual. Carter was set free because of two alleged procedural errors, NOT because of new evidence. Read morePublished on July 11 2004