The inspirational true story of boxer Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1966. Told in a series of flashbacks, Washington immerses himself in the role of Carter with a charged, intense passion. The story jumps around in time, from Carter's troubled childhood, to his arrest in 1966, to his fruitless appeals, settling in 1983, when a group of three white adults and a black teenager dedicate their lives to freeing him. Jewison's assured direction keeps these stories from getting jumbled and blurring together. Even in flashbacks, the plot moves forward dramatically, to its eventual rousing conclusion. Based on the novels THE 16TH ROUND by Carter and LAZARUS AND THE HURRICANE by Chaiton and Swinton.
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"...THE HURRICANE features Denzel Washington at his powerful, poignant best..."Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (01/20/2000)"...Washington delivers a soaring, intense performance, arguably the richest in his impressive career..."Variety - Emanuel Levy (12/20/1999)"...A genuinely touching moral expose....Inspirational and uplifting..."Variety - Emanuel Levy (12/20/1999)"...With power, intensity, remarkable range and an ability to disturb that is both unnerving and electric, it is more than Washington's most impressive part, it sums up his career as well..."Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (12/29/1999)"...THE HURRICANE packs an emotional wallop....Washington is riveting..."Movieline's Hollywood Life - Stephen Farber (02/??/2000)"...Washington proves yet again he's a champ at humanizing larger-than life figures..."USA Today - Susan Wloszczyna (12/29/1999)
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