The Hurricane (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  

USA, 1999.  Azoff Entertainment, Beacon Communications, Beacon Pictures, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by , , based on the books The 16th Round by , and Lazarus and the Hurricane by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Norman Jewison, John Ketcham.  Music by Jeremy Sweet, .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Patronizing TV-movie style biography of ‘Hurricane’ Carter, the boxer of the 1960s who was put in jail for half a lifetime for a murder he did not commit. Norman Jewison gives a thorough account of Carter’s story, from his rough childhood to his success in the ring, his vendetta with a racist cop (), all the way through to the three Canadians who find out about his story and help get him freed. Were it not for ‘s brilliant and committed performance in the lead, the film wouldn’t have anything going for it, but thankfully his power as a performer makes the tepid plotting and emotionally manipulative elements of the movie more than bearable.

Academy Award Nomination:   Best Actor (Denzel Washington)

Berlin Film Festival Award:  Best Actor (Denzel Washington)

Golden Globe Award:  Best Actor-Drama (Denzel Washington)
Nominations: Best Picture-Drama; Best Director (Norman Jewison)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination:  Best Actor (Denzel Washington)

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

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