The Hurricane is based on the inspiring true life story of Robin ‘Hurricane’ Carter. Carter’s story inspired Bob Dylan’s international best selling single ‘Hurricane’. He was one of the best boxers of his time, a young man whose dreams of winning the middle-weight boxing title were destroyed when he was arrested at the peak of his career for the murder of three people in a New Jersey bar.
Wrongfully accused, Carter (played in the film by Denzel Washington) was convicted and sentenced to three life terms in jail, where he decided to channel his desperation and despair into writing his life story.
That story, The Sixteenth Round, was published and eventually read by a young Canadian, Lesra Martin, who together with his social activist guardians eventually mounted a full-time campaign to get Carter released. The campaign to free Carter drew national interest in the USA and throughout the world assisted by impassioned pleas from Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan.
Triumphant and inspiring, the tale of Carter’s time in jail and eventual release is a searing and uplifting story of an innocent man’s long fight for justice. The film is uncompromising in dealing with the burning and the controversial issues of racial injustice.
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