Story about 1960s world middleweight boxing champion Rubin "Hurricane" Carter--a man whose dreams of winning the middleweight boxing title were destroyed when he was arrested along with another man for the murders of three white men in a New Jersey bar. Wrongfully accused, Carter and John Artis were convicted and sentenced to three life terms in prison, where Carter decided to channel his frustration and despair by writing his own story from his cell. Although his autobigraphy, "The Sixteenth Round," did get published, Carter remained behind bars, finding inner peace by withdrawing from the outer world and the national interest which surrounded his case (including impassioned pleas from Bob Dylan and Muhammed Ali and others). Years later, an alienated American youth living in Canada, Vicellous Shannon, found direction and purpose for the first time in his life after reading Carter's book, and began corresponding with him... this eventually lead to a full-time campaign to get Carter released.
Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, John Hannah, Dan Hedaya, Debbi Morgan, Clancy Brown, David Paymer, Harris Yulin, Rod Steiger, Badja Djola, Vincent Pastore, Al Waxman, David Landsbury, Garland Whitt, Chuck Cooper, Brenda Thomas Denmark, Marcia Bennett, Beatrice Winde, Mitchell Taylor Jr., Bill Raymond, Merwin Goldsmith, John Alexander MacKay, Donnique Privott, Moynan King, Gary Dewitt Marshall, John Christopher Jones, Gwendolyn Mulamba, Richard Davidson, George Odom, Tonye Patano, Fulvio Cecere, Phillip Jarrett, Rodney Jackson, Ben Bray, Kenneth J McGregor, Frank Proctor, David Barry Gray, Joe Matheson, Bill Lake, Robin Ward, Harry Davis, Pippa Pearthree, Jean Daigle, Scott Gibson, Ann Holloway, Jim Bearden, Bruce McFee, Conrad Bergschneider, Michael Bodnar, Carson Manning, Richard Litt, Douglas E Hughes, Peter Graham, Ralph Brown, Ryan Williams, Bruce Vavrina