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The Hurricane (1999)


Coming Out at December 29, 1999 in theaters

Biography, Drama, Sport

The Hurricane is biographical sports drama film directed and produced by Norman Jewison. The film stars Denzel Washington as Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter, a former middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted for a triple murder in a bar in Paterson, New Jersey. The script was adapted by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon from Carter’s autobiography The Sixteenth Round: From Number 1 Contender To 45472 and the non-fiction work Lazarus and the Hurricane: The Freeing of Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter by Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton.

The film depicts Carter’s arrest, his life in prison and how he was freed by the love and compassion of a teenager from Brooklyn named Lesra Martin and his Canadian foster family. The film received positive reviews, but has been criticized for inaccuracies by some media outlets and participants in Carter’s trials.

The film was released by Universal Pictures in the United States on December 29, 1999.

Director: Norman Jewison

Writers: Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter (book), Sam Chaiton (book), Terry Swinton (book), Armyan Bernstein, Dan Gordon

Stars: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, John Hannah, Dan Hedaya, Debbi Morgan


Denzel WashingtonRubin Carter
Vicellous ShannonLesra
Deborah Kara UngerLisa
Liev SchreiberSam
John HannahTerry
Dan HedayaDella Pesca
Debbi MorganMae Thelma
Clancy BrownLt. Jimmy Williams
David PaymerMyron Bedlock
Harris YulinLeon Friedman
Rod SteigerJudge Sarokin
Badja DjolaMobutu
Vincent PastoreAlfred Bello
Al WaxmanWarden
David LansburyU.S. Court Prosecutor
Garland WhittJohn Artis
Chuck CooperEarl Martin
Brenda DenmarkAlma Martin
Marcia BennettJean Wahl
Beatrice WindeLouise Cockersham
Mitchell Taylor Jr.Young Rubin Carter
Bill RaymondPaterson Judge
Merwin GoldsmithJudge Larner
John A. MacKayMan at Falls
Donnique PrivottBoy at the Falls
Moynan KingTina Barbieri
Gary DeWitt MarshallNite Spot Cabbie
John Christopher JonesReporter at Bar
Gwendolyn MulambaNite Spot Woman
Richard M. DavidsonPaterson Detective
George T. OdomBig Ed
Tonye PatanoWoman at Prison
Fulvio CecerePaterson Policeman
Phillip JarrettSoldier #1 in U.S.O. Club
Rodney ‘Bear’ JacksonSoldier #2 in U.S.O. Club
Judi EmbdenWoman in U.S.O. Club
Terry ClaybonEmile Griffith
Ben Hernandez BrayJoey Giardello
Mike JustusJoey Cooper
Kenneth McGregorDetective at Hospital
Frank ProctorPittsburgh Ring Announcer
Peter WyliePittsburgh Referee
David Wm GrayPittsburgh TV Announcer
Joe MathesonPhiladelphia Ring Announcer
Bill LakePhiladelphia TV Announcer
Robin WardReading, PA. TV Announcer
Harry DavisReading, PA. Referee
Pippa PearthreePatty Valentine
Jean DaigleDetective
Rob EvansDetective at Lafayette Bar
Scott GibsonReporter at Banquet
Ann HollowayCashier
Bruce McFeePrison Guard
Conrad BergschneiderPrison Guard
Satori ShakoorPrison Guard
Zoran RadusinovicPrison Guard
Stephen Lee WrightPrison Guard
Michael BodnarPrison Guard
Carson ManningPrison Guard
Debrah Ellen WallerPrison Guard
Richard LittPrison Guard
Adam LargePrison Guard
Peter GrahamPrisoner with Camera
George MasswohlMechanic
Lawrence SaccoNew Jersey Policeman
David FrischNew Jersey Policeman
Ralph BrownFederal Court Assistant Prosecutor
Dyron HolmesReporter
Ryan WilliamsElstan Martin
Bruce VavrinaSt. Joseph’s Doctor
Brenda BraxtonDancer with John Artis
Christopher RiordanJury Foreman
Guy AleArthur Bradley
Muhammad AliSelf (archive footage)
Ellen BurstynSelf (archive footage)
Kevin CarriganPrison Guard
Rubin ‘Hurricane’ CarterSelf (archive footage)
Bob DylanSelf (archive footage)
Joe FrazierSelf (archive footage)
Vinson GermanClub Patron
Matt GraverRingside Reporter
Michael HarkinsPrison Guard
David HeadonNSA Press Photographer
Robert MauzellClub goer with date entering club
Craig SnoyerGuard
David SparrowCop #2
Michael StevensPrison Barber

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