The Hurricane is a 1999 biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Denzel Washington. The script was adapted by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon from the books Lazarus and the Hurricane by Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton and The Sixteenth Round by Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.
The film received positive reviews, but has been criticized for inaccuracies by some media outlets and partisans of Carter's trials.
The film tells the story of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, whose conviction for a Paterson, New Jersey triple murder was set aside after he had spent almost 20 years in prison.
The film narrates the life of middleweight boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (Washington), concentrating on the period between 1966 and 1985. It describes his fight against the conviction for triple murder and how he copes with nearly twenty years in prison.
In a parallel plot, an underprivileged youth from Brooklyn, Lesra Martin (Vicellous Reon Shannon), becomes interested in Carter's life and...