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Release Date:
18 March 1979 (USA) See more »
He's running for his freedom ... and his life.
Larry "Rain" Murphy is stuck in Folsom Prison for life on a first-degree murder charge. An inmate who prefers to be alone... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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When they take away your dreams, take them back See more (24 total) »


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Peter Strauss ... Larry 'Rain' Murphy

Richard Lawson ... R.C. Stiles

Roger E. Mosley ... Cotton Crown

Brian Dennehy ... Dr. D

Geoffrey Lewis ... Dr. Bill Janowski

Billy Green Bush ... Warden Earl Gulliver

Ed Lauter ... Jerry Beloit

Beverly Todd ... Wylene

William Prince ... O.A.U. Chairman
Miguel Pinero ... Rubio

Richard Moll ... Joker Gibb
Edmund Penney ... OAU Official
Burton Gilliam ... Jimmy-Jack

Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Brother Lateef
Wilmore Thomas ... Moo-Moo
Le Roy Haskins ... Too-Cool
Gaddis Franklin Jr. ... Sahib Wahib
John E. Jackson ... Boogaloo
Robert L. Jones ... Abba Dabba
Gilbert Tewksbury ... Panfilo David
Benny L. Rapisura ... Kiki Pardo
Eluterio Rodarte ... Lobo Huera
Steven White ... Charlie Loon
Jimmy Coppola ... Action Jackson
Terry Lee Dawson ... Foghorn
Thomas K. Abihai ... Abihai
Marcus R. Colburn IV ... Nomoto
Robert Edward Collins ... Conway
Harold D. Kuykendall ... Guard #1
Ed Morris ... Guard #2
Joe Campoy ... Associate Warden

Directed by
Michael Mann 
Writing credits
Patrick J. Nolan (story)

Patrick J. Nolan (teleplay) and
Michael Mann (teleplay)

Produced by
Tim Zinnemann .... producer
Original Music by
Jimmie Haskell 
Cinematography by
Rexford L. Metz  (as Rexford Metz)
Film Editing by
Arthur Schmidt 
Casting by
Ross Brown 
Hank McCann 
Art Direction by
Stephen Myles Berger  (as Stephen Berger)
Set Decoration by
William K. Jolley 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist (as Del Accevedo)
Production Management
Penelope L. Foster .... unit production manager (as Penelope Foster)
David McCann .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Beetson .... first assistant director (as Frank C. Beetson)
John R. Kittleson .... second assistant director
Art Department
William M. Bell .... construction coordinator
David Goldman .... property master (as David M. Goldman)
Sound Department
Michael Hilkene .... sound editor
James E. Webb .... production sound (as Jim Webb)
Greg Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Butler .... costumer: men (as Mike Butler)
John S. Perry .... costume supervisor (as John Perry)
Editorial Department
Robert Hendricks .... assistant editor (as Bob Hendricks)
Music Department
Ken Johnson .... music editor
Mark Southern .... music editor
Garry Ulmer .... music scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Lou Frank .... transportation captain
Other crew
Lynn A. Aber .... script supervisor
Willie Herron .... mural design
Mary Meacham .... title designer

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97 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (theatrical rating) | West Germany:12 (f)
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In a 2012 interview with F.X. Feeney director Michael Mann recalled the production: "We shot The Jericho Mile (1979) (TV) under horrendous conditions. We were working in Folsom Prison, and it turned into 19 seven-hour days. Every two hours the guards had to count the population of convicts I had."See more »
Dr. D:[Asked who did something] Lickety split!See more »
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
When they take away your dreams, take them back, 23 May 2003
Author: Pat McCurry ( from Wilton, NH

I watched the this the other night on a local station because I didn't feel like watching tripe like 'American Idol'. Peter Strauss gives a great performance as a convict named 'Rain' Murphy who keeps to himself. He admits to his crime and makes no bones that he feels no shame for it. His cell is bare of any comforts that other inmates have like books and pictures. The only time he feels in another zone is in running. He does it often and can run a mile in under four minutes. When a college coach hears about this, he wants to prime him for a shot at the Olympics. At first, 'Rain' wants no part of this, but when his best friend is killed, he shows interest.

This is a good movie, period. Strauss is very good (What did you expect, anything less?) and Michael Mann shows hints of greatness that would come full bloom years later. This movie had that bit of realism (probably because it was filmed among convicts). It almost feels like this was a true story. The additional casting is good. There is a lot of notable names like Brian Dennehy, Roger E. Mosley, and Richard Moll as well.

My heart sank when some pompous board of directors wouldn't let him run because he didn't feel bad for his crime. His final act made me stand up and cheer. When they took his dreams away, he took them back hard. This was back when TV movies were actually good. 'The Jericho Mile' is a gem of a film. ESPN Classic, PLEASE SHOW THIS FILM!!!

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