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The Jericho Mile (1979)

A prisoner gets a chance to take part in the Olympics.

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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sport

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Dr. D: I'm lookin' at a dead man! I'm talkin' to a dead man!
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Crazy Credits

"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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Heat' (2005) See more »

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One of the best TV movies ever made!
5 July 2002 | by JimHammondSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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