Acclaimed filmmaker Norman Jewison, who has created some of the most memorable and powerful motion pictures of all time, including In The Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof, A Soldier’s Story and Moonstruck, directs Academy Award winner Denzel Washington (Glory, Malcolm X) in Universal Pictures’ and Beacon Pictures’ The Hurricane, the triumphant true story of an innocent man’s 20-year fight for justice. Washington stars as Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, whose dreams of winning the middleweight boxing title were destroyed when he was arrested for the murders of three people in a New Jersey bar. Wrongfully convicted and sentenced to three life terms in prison, Carter decided to channel his frustration and despair by writing his own story from his cell. Although his autobiography, The 16th Round, did get published, Carter remained behind bars, finding inner peace by withdrawing from the outer world. Years later, an alienated American youth living in Canada (Vicellous Shannon) finds direction and purpose for the first time in his life after reading Carter’s book, and begins corresponding with him. Convinced of his innocence, the teenager enlists his social activist guardians (Deborah Unger, John Hannah, Liev Schreiber) to mount a full-time campaign to get Carter released. Initially reluctant to join forces with these well-meaning strangers, Carter is soon won over by their extraordinary passion and selfless commitment to his cause, proclaiming “Hate got me into this place, love is gonna get me out.” With renewed faith and determination, Carter is able to continue his fight for justice and eventually walk out a free man.
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Starring: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, John Hannah
Directed by: Norman Jewison