In some cases, a movie can whip our conscience, shift our perspective, or activate our feelings so we stand up and change the world for the better.
Published March 31, Updated May 11, Rubin Hurricane Carter, once a pound middleweight championship contender, now weighs half that and lies bed-ridden in Toronto.
This is the end of the story of the Hurricane. The boxer wrongfully convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey, whose story has been told in his own book The Sixteenth Round, in a song by Bob Dylan, and in the Norman Jewison film Hurricane, is now dying of prostate cancer.
But the year-old Mr. Carter is dying mostly alone, having drifted away or fallen out with many of the characters in the well-known drama of his life. Story continues below advertisement One old friend by his side, however, is John Artis. Artis who was also by his side that night in Paterson, N.
Artis, a promising track athlete then about to turn 20 and hitching a ride home from a nightclub, would be convicted and jailed for the shootings along with Mr.
Nearly a half-century later, Mr. Artis, now 67, dropped his life in Virginia and came to care for his old friend after he found out Mr. Carter was dying inwith no family by his side.
Now, when you phone Mr. How may we help you? Carter moved to Toronto and became an international figure fighting for other wrongfully convicted prisoners. Now, in an interview with The Globe and Mail, Mr.
Artis says that Mr. Carter, once a passionate preacher-like public speaker, tires so easily he cannot give speeches or even speak with reporters.
I am watching him slowly die day-by-day here," Mr. Artis said, adding that Mr. Carter is sometimes incoherent because of his painkilling drugs. Artis was paroled in He denies he sold drugs and says he was using cocaine to deal with a medical condition.
He says he did not know the gun was stolen. While in prison for the triple murder, Mr. Artis said he saved the lives of some prison guards during a riot and was rewarded with the chance to attend college, unsupervised.
He says he has worked with troubled youth since his release. Story continues below advertisement Story continues below advertisement Some family members and supporters, including Vancouver writer Ken Klonsky who co-wrote Mr.
Carter seems to prefer to be alone, Mr. In the early s, he broke with the Toronto-area commune that helped fight for his freedom, after the deterioration of his brief marriage to commune leader Lisa Peters.
She died about a decade ago. One admirer who does check in from time to time is Denzel Washington, the Hollywood star whose fiery portrayal of Mr. Carter in the film was widely praised, although some criticized the movie for taking too many liberties with the facts.
Artis said he had hoped to drive Mr. Carter to New York to see Mr. Washington in the new Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun. But his dying friend has taken a turn for the worse in recent days and is too weak to make the trip.
He had been resting at his west-end home, but was taken to hospital with complications this week. It is no exaggeration to say that Mr.We all have inner demons to fight.
|Rubin (Hurricane) Carter faces a lonely last fight against cancer - The Globe and Mail||The convictions were set aside by a federal court inon the grounds that they had been "predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason".|
We call these demons ‘fear’, and ‘hatred’, and ‘anger’. If you don’t conquer them, then a life of a hundred years is a tragedy. The Hurricane is a American biographical sports drama film directed and produced by Norman kaja-net.com film stars Denzel Washington as Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter, a former middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted for a triple murder in a bar in Paterson, New kaja-net.com script was adapted by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon from Carter's autobiography The Sixteenth Round: .
In , Atif Rafay and Sebastian Burns were convicted for the murders of Rafay's parents and sister in Three innocence organizations are fighting their convictions, believing the men innocent.
Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter (May 6, – April 20, ) was an American-Canadian middleweight boxer who was wrongfully convicted of murder and later released following a petition of habeas corpus after spending almost 20 years in prison..
In , police arrested both Carter and friend John Artis for a triple-homicide committed in the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, New Jersey. Watch video · Rubin Carter was born on May 6, , in Clifton, New Jersey. In , at the height of his boxing career, Carter was twice wrongfully convicted of a triple murder and imprisoned for nearly two.
Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter (May 6, Australia), in recognition of his work with AIDWYC and the Innocence Project.
Carter received the Abolition Award from Death Penalty Focus in  Prostate cancer and death The film is about Rubin Carter's accusation, trials, and time spent in prison.