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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.

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Crime | Drama | Sport

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Trivia

The opening song is extremely similar to The Rolling Stones' track Sympathy for the Devil, almost note for note including the congas and bass-line, and was probably intentional. Years later, Michael Mann used "Miss You" on the pilot episode of his series, Miami Vice. See more »

Quotes

Larry 'Rain' Murphy: [recalling his crime] They say I shot him over and over.
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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 First Lecktor: An Interview with Brian Cox (2016) See more »

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great film, not common enough
22 September 2002 | by awatters1See all my reviews

An interesting and involved film about a "lifer" just trying to live out his days peacefully. Elements of the main character appear in Michael Mann's later films, like Thief (1981), Heat (1995), and so on. You can see this one at the UCLA Instructional Media Laboratory-- one of the only places in the country that has copies readily available to the public. It's a great one!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jericho Mile See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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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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