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This is a great film. It brought tears to my eyes and, finally, a smile to my face. The message of this film is about the triumph of love over racism and hate.
-Review by MIKE FURCHES
THE HURRICANE
(1999)

This page was created on January 15, 2000
and was last updated on May 22, 2005

Directed by Norman Jewison
Writing credits: Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter (novel The 16th Round), Sam Chaiton (novel Lazarus and the Hurricane) and Terry Swinton (novel Lazarus and the Hurricane), Armyan Bernstein (screenplay) and Dan Gordon (screenplay)

Denzel Washington as Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter
Vicellous Reon Shannon as Lesra
Deborah Unger as Lisa Peters
Liev Schreiber as Sam Chaiton
John Hannah as Terry Swinton
Dan Hedaya as Det. Vincent Della Pesca
Debbi Morgan as Mae Thelma
Clancy Brown as Lt. Jimmy Williams
David Paymer as Myron Bedlock
Harris Yulin as Leon Friedman
Rod Steiger as Judge H. Lee Sorokin
Garland Whitt as John Artis

Produced by Marc Abraham (executive), Irving Azoff (executive), Armyan Bernstein, Thomas A. Bliss (executive), Suzann Ellis (co-producer), Jon J. Jashni (co-producer), Michael Jewison (co-producer), Norman Jewison, John Ketcham, Rudy Langlais, (executive), Tom Rosenberg, (executive), William Teitler (executive)

Original music by Christopher Young
Cinematography by Roger Deakins
Film Editing by Stephen E. Rivkin
HATE PUT ME INTO THIS PLACE
LOVE GOT ME OUT
GOD IS LOVE.
SYNOPSIS:

Plot: In June 1966, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (Denzel Washington) was a strong contender for the middleweight boxing title. When three people were murdered in a New Jersey bar, Carter's dreams were destroyed. Driving home from a nearby club, Carter was erroneously arrested for the murders and sentenced to serve three life terms in prison. Several years later, Carter's published memoir, The 16th Round, inspired a Brooklyn teenager (Vicellous Shannon) and three Canadian activists (Deborah Unger, John Hannah, Liev Schreiber), who believed in the truth, to join forces with Carter to prove his innocence. Their extraordinary efforts, commitment and love ultimately secured his release, leaving "Hurricane" to sum up his 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit by simply stating, "Hate got me into this place, love got me out."

GOD IS LOVE
says Denzel Washington.

(1-24-00) Denzel Washington recieved the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama for 'The Hurricane'' in which he portrayed boxer Rubin ``Hurricane'' Carter, who was wrongfully convicted for three murders in the mid-1960s and spent roughly 20 years in jail. He accepted the award with Rubin Carter by his side. Danzel repeated the phrase "God is Love" at least 15 times in his acceptance speak.

"Rubin was a tough hombre, God said that he was going to have to do some work on him. He put (Carter) through changes and got to the person who was inside,'' Washington said, referring to Carter's reputation as a once bitterly angry man now known for his good deeds on behalf of wrongfully convicted prisoners.

"Love is more powerful than hate,'' Washington added. ''That was what the film was about.''

 

Review by
MIKE FURCHES
mike@furches.org

Web site
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Mike is the Senior Pastor at United at the Cross Community Church in Wichita Kansas. United at the Cross is a church made up of individuals not often accepted in other churches. The church consists of former gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes and others. Mike also speaks nationally on various topics and is a freelance writer. To learn more about Mike and his ministry link onto www.furches.org. In the arts Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas and has an active interest in film. Mike is pictured with his music band "Route 66." His reviews include The Mummy Returns. Amistad, The Apostle, Armageddon, The Cell, Hurricane, Dr Dolittle 2, ELO -Zoom, Frequency, The Patriot, Pearl Harbor, Rush Hour 2, Shrek, Extreme Days, The Last Castle, Serendipity, Ali, Reversal, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Jimmy Neutron, Mothman, Black Hawk Down

What a wonderful story, too bad Hollywood had to detract from the true account of Hurricane Carter. The true story of Hurricane is even more dramatic than the Hollywood version. I will say however, that since when does Hollywood propose to always make a story accurate. While I do not believe it is necessary to be accurate, I also do not believe there was a need to tell a semi-fictional account of Hurricane Carter. Just check out the numerous web pages on the real character and see if you agree.

While I believe that Denzel Washington is one of the best and most underrated actors in Hollywood, I do not believe this role is near his best acting. While he does a deserving job at bringing Hurricane Carter to life Denzel has done much better work in other films. In many ways however, that is a strength of this film. The emphasis is on the story and the power of love over the power of hate and injustice. This film should cause many to think about the judicial system and the injustices done to many that are held within its cells in America. We have to ask ourselves as a society if the injustice that comes to one individual such as Hurricane Carter is worth the cost. This is a truly thought provoking film with many questions that we as Christians must ask and answer for ourselves regarding the justice system in America.

I have to make a note, however, that will probably go unnoticed by many. How does a movie of this magnitude and with the praise and awards it has received get made with such horrible editing? In no less than 10 scenes within the movie the microphone is seen hanging down in the frame of the picture. This was a major distraction in the film and one that I hope is removed prior to video release. One of the problems though is that the microphone is framed so poorly in some frames that they will have to do MAJOR editing prior to video release to accomplish this needed adjustment. It may even be necessary to reshoot some frames or delete them altogether. A sad statement when it comes to the directing and editing of such a good story.

On a scale of 1 - 10 I give The Hurricane 2 scores. Story - 8, Editing & Direction - 1
Mike Furches
http://homepages.infoseek.com/~furches/index.html

 
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DID NOT GET AWARD
Subject: The_Hurricane
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002
From: Carl

Its strange that Denzel Washington, didn't get the award for his part in this film, I saw it because I am a Denzel fan but he out did himself in this role,. .Something is wrong with the people who vote who the best actor is because he proved in this role that he is the BEST.....oh well, I guess the old saying is true.......The best man, doesn't always win.. and that is really sad....but, we the people who go to movies know he should have won ,....it just proves once again that the people who get to vote are all air heads....I hope you print this but if you dont,...its ok,.....I will still remain a Denzel fan and hope some day those air heads open their eyes.......As Denzel once said........He did the work, He should have the prize.......We love him with or without the award, but fair is fair everywhere except in Hollywood. You are an eternal living being ( consciousness ) created in unconditional Love by God,.You are a spirit living in a body, a being of light, you are a being of energy and energy never die's--it just changes form.......
Carl--- remoteangel@msn.com

TRANSCENDING IS GOOD
Subject: Transcend
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000
From: Frances

This is a very toughing movie which I have not seen for many years. Danzel Washinton is also a great actor in portrating a tough guy who suffer the greatest injustice towards him by the Justice System. His acting leaves an indelible impression on me. One of the thing that impressed most is about the idear of transcendence. Can people really transcend who they are and who they suppose to me or the fate on them. Mr. Hurricane has showed that no matter what the world does to him, defines him, he still carry on his strong will to transcend who he really is. When one is supposed to be the weak, the unfortunate, the poor, the lesser god, the unsuccesfull, the passive, the less beautiful, the less intelligent, is he/she has the courage to determined to transcend, or at least try to transcend. This is where the hope is. God loves us all no matter who you are. He give the equal right to get the esteem we all deserve as a human being. Transcending is grand.

HURRICANE IS JUSTICE CENTERED
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2000
From: Bruce

I have heard that there is a new movie out that is based on the true story of a boxer who was found guilty of murder but later proven innocent. Could you please do a review of Hurricane. I have heard that it is supposed to be God centered.
My reponse: A review will appear shortly.


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