Rain Murphy is a man sentenced to life in prison, choosing to do his time in near-isolation, and engages in distance running when given the opportunity for free-time. While his form and speed capture the attention of prison officials who believe he could be competitive for the Olympics, Murphy expresses disinterest. But when the one man he has befriended is taken advantage of by political groups within the prison, Murphy decides to pursue the opportunity presented to him in his memory. This action not only has profound changes on him, but also on the atmosphere of the inmates in the prison and their outlook on the accomplishments he can make. Written by
He's running for his freedom ... and his life.
Did You Know?
Upon working on episodes of numerous TV shows during 1976-1978, Mann was given the chance to direct an episode of Police Woman
(1974) (Police Woman: The Buttercup Killer
(1977)). Impressed with his directorial work, ABC told Mann he could search through their archive of unproduced scripts to see if there was anything he wished to make as a Movie of the Week. Mann picked out the Jeffrey Bloom
script, Swan Song
(1980). Mann rewrote it and went into preproduction. David Soul
came on board as star and producer, and the film was set to go into production when Soul suffered a spinal injury. The project was put on hiatus, and Mann went back to find another script, eventually deciding on Patrick J. Nolan
's The Jericho Mile. See more
I'm lookin' at a dead man! I'm talkin' to a dead man!