The Hurricane (1999 film)
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The Hurricane is a 1999 film based on the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer controversially convicted of and imprisoned for murder. The film takes the stance that he was wrongly convicted and has subsequently generated its own controversies.
- Hate put me in prison. Love's gonna bust me out.
- 25 cent? Must not be much of a book.
- "We are looking for two black men in a white car (police)" "Any two will do?(Rubin Carter)"
- Reporter: Mr. Carter, now that you're free, are you still going to be "The Hurricane"?
- Hurricane Carter: Oh, I'll always be the "Hurricane", and a hurricane is beautiful.
"Innocence is a highly over-rated commodity"
"He who risen from the dead"
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: [to Lesra] Hate put me in prison. Love's gonna bust me out.
Reporter: Mr. Carter, now that you're out, are you still going to be "The Hurricane" Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: Oh, I'll always be the "Hurricane", and a hurricane is beautiful.
Book Lady: Okay, young man. That'll be twenty five cents. Lesra: 25 cent? Must not be much of a book.
[first lines] Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, this fine young fighter will be right here in Pittsburg on the boxing cog, this Monday night.
Announcer: Hurricane Carter has defeated the wilted weight champion of the world.
Theo: We're looking for two Negros in a white car. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: Any two will do?
Detective at Hospital: Are these the two men who shot you? Look carefully, Sir. Are these the two men who did this to you? Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: He said "no". Detective at Hospital: Move closer. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: He said "no". Detective at Hospital: Move closer. Det. Sgt. Della Pesca: Take another look, Sir.
Det. Sgt. Della Pesca: I'm gonna take your black ass down Mr. Fucking Champion of the World. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: I got your black fucking champion right between my legs you short punk bitch.
Sam Chaiton: [to Lesra] You know what Les, sometimes we don't pick the books we read, they pick us.
Lisa Peters: Your first book, huh? Lesra: Yeah. Lisa Peters: Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter.
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: [voice over narration] Hurricane is the professional name that I acquired later on in life. Carter is the slave name that was given to my forefathers, who worked in the cotton fields of Alabama and Georgia. It was passed onto me.
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: [voice over narration] The one thing I could do, and the only thing was box. I had tasted my own blood and I loved it.
Det. Sgt. Della Pesca: Can you believe that black punk? Thinks he's champion of the world. Fighter of the year my ass. He's a low life criminal.
Judge Larner: Rubin Carter, John Artis, for the murder of James Oliver, it is the courts sentence that you be imprisoned for the remainder of your natural life.
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: [to the Warden] I'm innocent. I've committed no crime. A crime's been committed against me.
Mae Thelma Carter: Rubin, I ain't walking nowhere from you. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: I'm dead. Just bury me.
Lesra: The man's innocent. And he's been in jail fifteen or sixteen years. It's not right. Terry Swinton: I know that's what his book says. Sam Chaiton: Two juries found him guilty, Les. Lesra: Two white juries. Lisa Peters: Hey, hey. Not all white people are racist. Lesra: Not all black people are murderers.
Lesra: [to Rubin] Dear Mr. Carter, I read your book.
Lesra: [to Rubin] I would like to come and visit you if that would be alright.
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: [to Les] It's very important to transcend to places that hold us.
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: You think I killed those people son? Lesra: Now I know you didn't. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: How do you know? Lesra: I just know.
Sam Chaiton: Can he see us? Terry Swinton: Yeah, he can see you.
Myron Bedlock: [to Judge Sarokin] Your Honor, this case was built on a foundation of lies.
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: [addressing the court] Twenty years spent locked up in a cage considered as a danger to society.
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: [addressing the court] Justice is all I ask for. Justice. Lisa Peters: You can't understand living without you.
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: Fifteen years on.
[last lines] Announcer: Everybody wanted this victory and Hurricane has delivered.
Lesra: [observing the prison] This is some place. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter: This is no place, not for a human being or anybody. Never get used to a place like this.
- Denzel Washington — Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
- Vicellous Reon Shannon — Lesra Martin
- Deborah Kara Unger — Lisa Peters
- Liev Schreiber — Sam Chaiton
- John Hannah — Terry Swinton
- Dan Hedaya — Det. Sgt. Della Pesca Paterson
- Debbi Morgan — Mae Thelma Carter