Norman Jewison / US, 1999 / 146 min.
Denzel Washington plays the role of Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, a boxer who, together with John Artis, was unjustly arrested for the murder of three people in a New Jersey bar. Both men were sentenced to three life sentences.
The Hurricane was widely praised as one of Washington’s best roles, with anger, pride and desperation about so much injustice surface behind his calm facade. The soundtrack features Bob Dylan’s famous protest song ‘The Hurricane’ occasioned by the contentious case.
Dan Hedaya plays the crooked cop who has spent his life foiling Carter, the young Vicellous Reon Shannon is the teen who, inspired by Carter’s life, fights to have him set free. Washington took extensive boxing training and cooperated closely with Rubin Carter in preparation for this role. This led to Washington winning a Golden Globe and receiving an Oscar nomination.
Director Norman Jewison is also known for In the Heat of the Night with Sidney Poitier, making him the only director to work with both Poitier and Washington. Rod Steiger (the chief of police In The Heat of the Night) has a supporting role in The Hurricane as a judge.
Sidney Poitier & Denzel Washington
Sidney Poitier was Denzel Washington’s shining example. The actors were good friends, but never played in a film together. This summer, Eye brings them together on the big screen for the first time by showing the best of their films.
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