The Hurricane

The Hurricane

DVD - 2000
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A man in the prime of his boxing career finds himself wrongfully convicted of murder.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal ; Willowdale, Ont. : Distributed by Universal Studios Home Video Canada, c2000
Edition: Collector's ed. --
ISBN: 9780783242286
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.1523092 Carter 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hr., 26 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container


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Jun 24, 2016

This is a 1999 American docudrama directed and produced by Norman Jewison.
It is about Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter, a former middleweight boxer who was convicted for a triple murder in a bar in Paterson, New Jersey.
The film depicts Carter's arrest, his life in prison and how he was freed by the love and compassion of a teenager from Brooklyn named Lesra Martin and his Canadian foster family.
In 1966, police arrested both Carter and friend John Artis for a triple-homicide committed in the Lafayette Bar and Grill.
Police took no fingerprints at the crime scene and lacked the facilities to conduct a paraffin test for gunshot residue.
Carter and Artis were tried and convicted twice (1967 and 1976) for the murders, but after the second conviction was overturned in 1985, prosecutors chose not to try the case for a third time.
Carter's autobiography titled "The Sixteenth Round" was published in 1975 by Warner Books.
The story inspired the 1975 Bob Dylan song "Hurricane."
Carter's attorneys filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in federal court.
In 1985, Judge Haddon Lee Sarokin of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted the writ, noting that the prosecution had been predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure, and set aside the convictions.
Carter, 48 years old, was freed without bail in November 1985.
It is one of the superb revealing-miscarriage-of-justice films.

tazz3 Jan 18, 2014

much better then I expected

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