The Hurricane (1999)
USA / English
"His greatest fight was for justice.
"The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Complete work of fiction
To those who found The Hurricane informative and inspirational,
you may be interested to know that virtually every source of conflict and
intensity in the movie was made up by the filmmakers, for "dramatic
expediency" they say. Among these are the villainous sheriff (who never
existed, and certainly didn't track Rubin Carter from childhood and later
threaten the Canadians), the white child molester, the rigged boxing match,
the all white jury, etc. etc... Every shady element of Rubin Carter's past
was either overlooked or chalked up to racist conspiracy by characters
created by the screenwriters.
It would be awful if this movie is to be a source of inspiration for black
history month. It would be a better candidate for historical revision and
simplification by self-righteous white filmmakers. You may think this is
nit-picking, but when I see a movie supposedly based on a true story, I
expect at the very least that the key plot elements are true. I certainly
don't appreciate this dumbed-down morality play, no matter how great Denzel
Washington's performance is.
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