146 MINUTES | 1999 | USA | ENGLISH | 20TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
Oscar-nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Denzel Washington is a force of nature as real-life middleweight boxer Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter, convicted of a triple murder in a bar in Paterson, New Jersey. Parallel to Carter's time in prison is the story of Lesra Martin, an underprivileged teenager from Brooklyn relocated to an activist foster family in Toronto. Upon reading Carter's autobiography, Lesra convinces his new family to fight against Carter's wrongful conviction.
Toronto native Norman Jewison (IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, MOONSTRUCK) weaves this true story in the style of an old Hollywood inspirational tale, allowing the actors to shine, especially Washington in this physically and emotionally complex role. "THE HURRICANE is not a documentary but a parable, in which two lives are saved by the power of the written word." - Roger Ebert
Director: Norman Jewison
Producers: Marc Abraham, Irving Azoff, Thomas A. Bliss, Rudy Langlais, Tom Rosenberg, William Teitler
Cinematographer: Roger Deakins
Editor: Stephen Rivkin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, John Hannah, Dan Hedaya
Content Warning: racism, racist slurs, gun violence, blood, imprisonment, implied child abuse.
"Epic in nearly every way, The Hurricane has the power to blow you away." - USA Today