Hurricane, The (film) Co-production between Buena Vista International and Beacon Pictures. A true story of an innocent man’s 20-year fight for justice. Originally shown at the Toronto Film Festival on September 17, 1999. General U.S. release on January 14, 2000. Directed by Norman Jewison. Stars Denzel Washington (Rubin “Hurricane” Carter), Vicellous Reon Shannon (Lesra), Deborah Kara Ungar (Lisa), Liev Schreiber (Sam), John Hannah (Terry). 145 min. Universal distributed in the United States, with Buena Vista International handling foreign distribution.