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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Larry 'Rain' Murphy
... R.C. Stiles
... Cotton Crown
... Dr. D
... Dr. Bill Janowski
... Warden Earl Gulliver
... Jerry Beloit
... Wylene
... O.A.U. Chairman
Miguel Pinero ... Rubio
... Joker Gibb
Edmund Penney ... OAU Official
Burton Gilliam ... Jimmy-Jack
... 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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18 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Comme un homme libre  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)
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In a 2012 interview with F.X. Feeney director Michael Mann recalled the production: "We shot The Jericho Mile (1979) 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 »

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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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the Jericho mile is a great movie and this is what i have to say.
10 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

i love watching the Jericho mile. i mean watching peter Strauss run the mile is like watching usain bolt sprint the 100 meter. i think peter Strauss is a excellent actor and should do another running movie. he is lightning fast has great energy and can run a mile in under 4 minutes and that my friend is amazing. no man alive can out race rain Murphy i mean the man runs 80 mile a week no one does that but him. i've watched the Jericho mile 100's of times and will watch it 100's more. great movies get watched more than movies that are not. i thank the makers of this film for giving years of there lives to make it.they are great people and i bless them all.thank you for letting me get my word out again thank you all.


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