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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 »

Director:

Michael Mann

Writers:

Patrick J. Nolan (story), Patrick J. Nolan (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Miguel Pinero ... Rubio
Richard Moll ... Joker Gibb
Edmund Penney Edmund Penney ... OAU Official
Burton Gilliam ... Jimmy-Jack
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Brother Lateef
Wilmore Thomas Wilmore Thomas ... Moo-Moo
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comme un homme libre See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)
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ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Dr. D: [Asked who did something] Lickety split!
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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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When they take away your dreams, take them back
23 May 2003 | by MichaelMovieLoftSee all my reviews

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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