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The Hurricane [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 3949981
  • Release Date: 07/11/2000
  • Rating: R
The Universal Studios DVD of The Hurricane nicely frames the story of Rubin Carter's personal and social redemption, with a lovely anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer highlighting the superb work of cinematographer Roger Deakin (Shawshank Redemption, Fargo), and Dolby Digital or Surround Sound options (all the better for listening to the timely, eclectic soundtrack music of Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Etta James, and Gil Scott Heron). In the "Audio Commentary" feature, director Norman Jewison answers the controversy surrounding the film by saying, "Truth is a moving target. You'll never get it right." He points out the historical facts and dramatic license between the film and actual events. He also comments on the more technical details -- film locations, lens size, and the need for different angles when forced to use the same location over and over (e.g. the prison visiting area). A 20-minute featurette, "The Making of The Hurricane," gives the audience a glimpse of the real-life Rubin Carter and Lesra Martin discussing their experiences. The "Deleted Scenes" section includes five brief scenes, with introductions by Jewison. Along with the usual DVD extras of a theatrical trailer, cast and crew background, production notes, and DVD-ROM links, these features provide a thorough and intelligent DVD package.
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (10 out of 10)

    Special Features


    • Spotlight on location: "The Making of The Hurricane"
    • Feature commentary with director Norman Jewison
    • Deleted scenes with special introduction by the director
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Production notes
    • Cast and filmmakers
    • DVD-ROM features

    Synopsis


    The Hurricane
    In 1966, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was a top-ranked middleweight boxer whom many fight fans expected to become world champion. When three people were shot to death in a bar in Paterson, New Jersey, Carter and his friend John Artis, driving home from another club in Paterson, were stopped and questioned by police. Although the police asserted that Carter and Artis "were never suspects," a man named Alfred Bello, himself a suspect in the killings, claimed that Carter and Artis were present at the time of the murders. On the basis of Bello's testimony, Carter and Artis were convicted of murder, and Carter was given three consecutive life sentences. Throughout the trial, Carter proclaimed his innocence, saying that his African-American race and work as a civil rights activist were the real reasons for his conviction. In 1974, Bello and Arthur Bradley, who also claimed that Carter was present at the scene of the crimes, recanted their testimony, but Carter and Artis were reconvicted. In the early 1980s, Brooklyn teenager Lesra Martin worked with a trio of Canadian activists to push the State of New Jersey to reinvestigate Carter's case; in 1985, a Federal District Court ruled that the prosecution in Carter's second trial committed "grave constitutional violations" and that his conviction was based on racism rather than facts. Carter was finally freed, and he summed up his story by saying, "Hate got me into this place, love got me out." The Hurricane is based on Carter's incredible true story and stars Denzel Washington as Carter, Vicellous Shannon as Lesra Martin, and John Hannah, Liev Schreiber and Deborah Unger as the Canadian activists. Veteran filmmaker Norman Jewison directed. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Denzel Washington
      Denzel Washington - Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
    • Vicellous Shannon
      Vicellous Shannon - Lesra Martin
    • Deborah Kara Unger
      Deborah Kara Unger - Lisa
    • Liev Schreiber
      Liev Schreiber - Sam
    • John Hannah
      John Hannah - Terry



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

    100%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Denzel Washington is outstanding in the Hurricane

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      DJ1398
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      This is easily Denzel Washington's best performance! He is so convincing, with his gritty, tortuous displays of emotion, that appeal to our most innate senses. The story is beautifully written, with thematic music skillfully interwoven alongside the thick plot. A must-see movie!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Denzel movie!!

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      Jmeadows1031
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      This is a underrated Denzel movie in my opinion. I had never heard of it until I stumbled across it so I gave it a shot. Great value for the price!! You won’t be disappointed with this purchase!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Denzel can Box, Act & Chew Gum at the same time!

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      MovieBuff21
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      Is there not a character that Denzel cannot play. One of the top five actors of our generation. His portrayal of a man wrongfully accused with the help of his helpers is true vindication that good people do exist in this world.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      In my Top movies

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      MrFleharty
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      this is an amazing film. Denzel never fails to deliver. With the passing of the Hurricane this past year...this is going to get another watch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Its a good movie

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      Stacey715
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      The movie won an award its a good movie i would recommend for anyone to watch

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good story

      Posted
      Stooge
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      Denzil Washington does a great job as Hurricane Carter

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very good

      Posted
      Omoran1123
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      This movie is a good movie defenelly have to see it

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great movie

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      ajd79
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      A great story and great movie!! Denzel was at his finest!!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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