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1999 - Universal Pictures, Inc. - all rights reserved
  Hurricane Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.00 /10
Rubin Carter: Denzel Washington , Lesra: Vicellous Reon Shannon, Lisa: Deborah Kara Unger
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Directed by: Norman Jewison
Written by: Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon. Based on The Sixteenth Round by Rubin `Hurricane' Carter and Lazarus and the Hurricane by Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton

Released: 1999
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: c
Length: 125

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Stirring but schmaltzy.

(Stephen Holden, New York Times)

This is strong stuff, and I was amazed, after feeling some impatience in the earlier reaches of the film, to find myself so deeply absorbed in its second and third acts, until at the end I was blinking at tears. What affects me emotionally at the movies is never sadness, but goodness. I am not a weeper and have really lost it only at one film (Do the Right Thing), but when I get a knot in my throat it is not because Hurricane Carter is framed, or loses two decades in prison, but that he continues to hope, and that his suffering is the cause for Lesra's redemption. That is the parable Jewison has told, aiming for it with a sure storyteller's art and instinct. The experts will always tell you how a movie got its facts wrong (Walter Cronkite is no doubt correct that Oliver Stone's JFK is a fable). But can they tell you how they would have made the movie better? Would The Hurricane have been stronger as the story of two selfless lawyers doing pro bono work for years? And a complex network of legal injustice? And a freed prisoner and a kid disillusioned with a commune? Maybe. Probably not.

(Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

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