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The Jericho Mile (1979)

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:
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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
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Brother Lateef
Wilmore Thomas ...
Moo-Moo
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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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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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Trivia

During the shoot in Folsom, there were thirteen stabbings and one murder among the inmates, but not a single crewmember was injured or threatened over the course of the production, and no one ever witnessed any violence. 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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One of the best TV movies ever made!

This movie was exceptional. It tells the story of a man who, after he was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his father-in-law when he found him raping his sister, sets out to become a world-class runner. It not only gave a realistic portrayal of prison life, but also deftly portrays the mentality of someone who is serving such a sentence. Peter Strauss played the role perfectly. Along with "Rich Man, Poor Man", this movie was probably the best performance of his career.

Probably the best scene in this movie was when Murphy was before the civilian board trying to get permission to run in the race and he sees right through the man's preconceptions and bigotry concerning convicts. This man did not see Murphy as a person but rather as something other than what he was. Very rarely has such passion and intelligence come from a made-for-TV movie.


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