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The Jericho Mile (1979)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Sport  |  18 March 1979 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Larry 'Rain' Murphy
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R.C. Stiles
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Cotton Crown
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Dr. D
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Dr. Bill Janowski
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Warden Earl Gulliver
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Jerry Beloit
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Wylene
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O.A.U. Chairman
Miguel Pinero ...
Rubio
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Joker Gibb
Edmund Penney ...
OAU Official
Burton Gilliam ...
Jimmy-Jack
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ...
Brother Lateef
Wilmore Thomas ...
Moo-Moo
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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 Tara Ragatz

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He's running for his freedom ... and his life.

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Crime | Drama | Sport

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18 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Comme un homme libre  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)
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The film, as was common with many network made for TV movies at the time, was released outside the USA in theaters. See more »

Quotes

Dr. D: I'm lookin' at a dead man! I'm talkin' to a dead man!
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"This picture was filmed among the convict population and within the walls of Folsom State Penitentiary." [Text appears at the beginning of the end credits.] See more »

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Run Baby Run
11 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this film I was a kid. I was ten years old when it was released but since my family never went to movie theaters I saw it on Network TV. I remember watching it alone…and crying afterward. It was only the second film to illicit that response (Rocky was the first) and there haven't been many since. I can't say why exactly; Larry "Rain" Murphy didn't deserve to win any more that Rocky Balboa or anyone else. I know I admired Murphy, not so much for what he did, but for the way he did his time. Stoic. He didn't need a stopwatch or freedom to find dignity. He ran because he could. He needed no other reason. I have a rule today, that when I see this film late at night on cable television (the only time most will come across it) I must watch, no matter what I have to do the next morning. Fortunately it doesn't play often like Shawshank Redemption or other favorites, so I still get plenty of sleep and I never tire of the story of one man's unrepentant imprisonment and personal victory.


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