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The Hurricane

Year: 1999
Production Co: Beacon Communications
Director: Norman Jewison
Producer: Norman Jewison/Armyan Bernstein
Writer: Armyan Bernstein/Rubin Carter/Dan Gordon
Cast: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, John Hannah, Deborah Unger, Liev Schreiber, Dan Hedaya, Clancy Brown, David Paymer, Rod Steiger

As with many Denzel Washington dramas (including this film, based on a true story), part mainstream, part statement about the struggle of the black man (both equally valid).

It's the true story of boxer Rubin Carter's imprisonment for a murder he claims innocence from and the trials of a young boy who reads his book years later to free him. It's a faultless performance as usual by Washington, who carries the entire film amid a few weaknesses (who the three adoptive friends actually are, John Hannah's off-target attempt at an American accent when there was no need to give him one). By the end of the film, you care about what happens to who, and the promised happy ending satisfies accordingly.

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