The Hurricane

Docudrama | English | 146 minutes


Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter, a top-ranked middleweight boxer, was convicted of committing a triple murder in a Paterson, New Jersey bar. Alfred Bello, a suspect himself in the killings, testified that Carter was present at the time of the murders. On the basis of Bello’s testimony, Carter was convicted and given three consecutive life sentences. Carter proclaimed his innocence, claiming his race, boxing career,  and his work as a civil rights activist were the reasons for his conviction.  Lesra Martin, an underprivileged African-American youth from Brooklyn is placed in a foster home in Toronto. Lesra picks up  Carter’s autobiography while browsing in a bookstore. He becomes convinced  Carter is innocent and  asks his Canadian foster family to look into the case. Years later, Bello recants his testimony. Hearing the case by Carter’s attorneys, Judge H. Lee Sarokin ruled that the trial committed “grave constitutional violations” and exonerated Carter. When he left prison, free after 19 years,  Carter summed up his tragic experience by saying, “Hate got me into this place; love got me out.”

Denzel Washington (Rubin “Hurricane” Carter) / Vicellous Reon Shannon (Lesra Martin)
Why Stream This Film?
How does an innocent person survive 19 years in prison? Every day he is tormented by wild rage, despair… hope. But he survives. This is what this brilliant film The Hurricane is all about.   
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 83%
  • Metacritic Score: 74
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Denzel Washington)
  • Golden Globes: Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama (Denzel Washington)
  • Berlin International Film Festival: Winner, Best Director (Norman Jewison); Best Actor (Denzel Washington)
This is one of Denzel Washington’s great performances. Washington as Hurricane Carter is spare, focused, filled with anger and pride. I was so deeply absorbed and at the end I was blinking away the tears.
Roger Ebert

It’s almost impossible to imagine THE HURRICANE, Norman Jewison’s heartfelt political drama, without Denzel Washington. Washington elevates the earnest, occasionally simplistic narrative to the level of a genuinely touching moral exposé.
Emanuel Levy


In THE HURRICANE Denzel Washington accomplishes an amazing feat of heavy lifting. He raises the film to the level of importance with an acting job that’s one unbroken chain of intense emotion.
Mick LaSalle

San Francisco Chronicle

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