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The Hurricane (1999), (R)
CAP Score: 48
CAP Influence Density: 1.64
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*The Hurricane* (1999) -- the perfect example.

Yes, the perfect example of needless use of gratuitous sexual programming and foul language. NONE of it was needed. *The Hurricane* would have been a very, very good movie without them.

*The Hurricane* was a wonderful story of justice and injustice. A very touching presentation of courage and dedication for the right reasons. Denzel Washington was genius. It was about true love -- the non-physical kind. I am rarely moved by a movie, what with having seen every kind and sort of filth Hollywood can create, but I was indeed moved by *The Hurricane*. But the art quality of this movie was completely destroyed by the junk and the trash and the filth that the writers just had to smear on it. Made me mad, it did. It was like smearing black paint on the Mona Lisa or Whistler's Mother.

Rear male nudity. Twenty-five uses of the most foul of the foul words. Forty-eight uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. Bloody murders by gunfire. And a token splattering of a whole lot of additional ignominy. All these ruined what could have been great piece of cinematic art.

Granted, this was based on a true story of a hero of sorts, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter but where is the justification for being so explicit? Remember the way marital sex used to be portrayed in movies? The husband would pick up the wife at the threshold of the honeymoon motel room, carry her in, then you'd see the door shut behind them. That was it. Now, the camera follows them into the Notel Motel bed and brings you each move AND sound the pair makes. When did that amount of "truth" become necessary? The same applies to *The Hurricane*. Sure, prison officials strip the new inmates to prepare them, but when did it become necessary to show that. And sure, there is body decimation when shot with a shotgun, but when did that amount of graphic display become necessary? Is THIS the "truth?" I don't think so. Rather, it is sensationalism to maximize teasing of our sinful nature. This movie had such a potential for being one of the all-time greats that I would like to violate my own policy guidelines and recommend this movie, but I can't. There is too much "truth" to it.

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: The Hurricane (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • exaggerated boxing violence
  • trauma with blood
  • knifing (in self defense)
  • attempted murder
  • false imprisonment
  • planning to kill
  • riot violence
  • marital argument
  • police corruption
  • schizophrenia distortions
  • talk of prison brutality
  • improper intimidation by police

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 25 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 48 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • adolescent theft and mischief
  • police cruelty to a child
  • many lies
  • "You gotta find out what's true for you."
  • racial slander and insulting terms

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • vulgar sexual innuendo
  • cohabitation
  • a slime slug attempting to molest a child
  • adulterous flirtation
  • multiple rear male nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • booze
  • drinking
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 4 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 9 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • three murders by gunfire with bloody detail

  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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