Larry "Rain" Murphy is stuck in Folsom Prison for life on a first-degree murder charge. An inmate who prefers to be alone, Murphy spends much of his time running around the facility's track... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry 'Rain' Murphy
R.C. Stiles
Cotton Crown
Dr. D
Dr. Bill Janowski
Warden Earl Gulliver
Jerry Beloit
O.A.U. Chairman
Miguel Pinero ...
Joker Gibb
Edmund Penney ...
OAU Official
Burton Gilliam ...
Brother Lateef
Wilmore Thomas ...


Larry "Rain" Murphy is stuck in Folsom Prison for life on a first-degree murder charge. An inmate who prefers to be alone, Murphy spends much of his time running around the facility's track. When he begins reaching a mile in under four minutes, Murphy gains the attention of the jail's officials, who contemplate entering him in the Olympics. While Murphy is initially resistant to the idea, eventually he starts training to be an Olympic competitor. Written by Jwelch5742

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


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Release Date:

18 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Comme un homme libre  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Murphy's line 'Are you gonna tell me they invented a hard time you can't handle?' is almost exactly the same as Beedan's (Dennis Haysbert) line 'There ain't been a hard time invented that I cannot handle' in Heat (1995), also written and directed by Michael Mann. A variation of the line is also found in Swan Song (1980) when Jesse (David Soul) says "They haven't invented the hard time that I ain't prepared to handle." Swan Song features a script co-written by Mann. The line is also used by Gina (Saundra Santiago) in an episode of Miami Vice (1984) (Miami Vice: Give a Little, Take a Little (1984)) and by Julie Torello (Darlanne Fluegel) in the pilot episode of Crime Story (1986); both shows were executive produced by Mann. See more »


Larry 'Rain' Murphy: I'm gonna nail you. Stiles was my brother.
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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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24 February 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I watch a lot of movies - DVD, features, and classics, you name it. The night I watched JERICHO MILE, my wife (who had ordered it on the internet) said she remembered it from when she was in high school, that it had stayed with her all of these years. Somewhat reluctantly I sat down (with our daughter & son), and was riveted from the opening sequence to the end titles. We all were.

She, who remembered the original, and our kids (18 and 16) who had no idea what the movie was about couldn't believe it. Our favorite scene? Bar none, when peter Strauss so passionately bangs his fist down and says, "i'd do it AGAIN!". It didn't advocate violence because it was a defense crime, but evoked such intensity we couldn't believe it...when his fellow cell mates gave him their food in support of his efforts, there wasn't a dry eye in our house.

Someone please make more movies like this one. UNBELIEVABLE!!

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