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The Jericho Mile [Region 2]

Ed Lauter , Peter Strauss , Michael Mann  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ed Lauter, Peter Strauss, Beverly Todd, Billy Green Bush, Brian Dennehy
  • Directors: Michael Mann
  • Producers: The Jericho Mile
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dutch Film Works
  • Run Time: 97.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F8MEYM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Rain Murphy is a man sentenced to life in prison, choosing to do his time in near-isolation, and engages in distance running when given the opportunity for free-time. While his form and speed capture the attention of prison officials who believe he could be competitive for the Olympics, Murphy expresses disinterest. But when the one man he has befriended is taken advantage of by political groups within the prison, Murphy decides to pursue the opportunity presented to him in his memory. This action not only has profound changes on him, but also on the atmosphere of the inmates in the prison and their outlook on the accomplishments he can make. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Emmy Awards, ...The Jericho Mile

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And the walls come down... April 22, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Watching this made-for-TV movie set in Folsom Penitentiary, one is suddenly struck by the fact that realistic prison dialogue and violence can be accomplished without profanity or graphic gore. Amazing. And it's such a watchable movie, featuring a sexy performance by a young and sinewy Peter Strauss, and a rousing musical theme remniscent of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil". Strauss is Rain Murphy, a lifer/loner who does his time running in the Yard. He turns in fast miles, in basketball shoes on uneven grass. With decent equipment and a little coaching, he might have a shot at an Olympic title. But first he'll need to qualify on an Olympic track -- and a convicted murderer, even a "model" inmate like Murphy, can't get a furlough just for a tryout. So Folsom officials decide to build one within prison walls. "The Jericho Mile" was filmed on location, utilizing the real prison population as extras. The racetrack was actually constructed on-camera by convict labor. Racial strife is a theme of the film, as white inmate Murphy and his black running partner Stiles attract unwanted attention from the Aryan, Muslim, and Chicano gangs vying for "political" supremacy. Will the dream of convict Gold unite the warring factions? Ironically, "The Jericho Mile" actually did, however briefly. This most racially turbulent California penitentiary experienced unprecedented harmony during the filming of the movie. The track built by the interracial work brigade is still there for the use of other Rain Murphys behind the walls.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational television classic February 8, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
When watching the 1979 made-for-television movie "The Jerico Mile," most viewers will be impressed by how well the film has aged. Relevant, stylish and intense, "The Jerico Mile" is arguably one of the great television movies in history. Directed by Michael Mann, who would go on the create "Miami Vice" and such A-list Hollywood films as "Last of the Mohicans," "Heat," and "The Insider," this humane film details life in Folsom Prison and the men who scratch out an existence within its cement walls.
"The Jerico Mile" begins with an extraordinary opening montage, expertly edited with the funky riffs of "Sympathy for the Devil" playing in the background. Within their prison, criminals play handball, deal drugs, lift weights and lounge in frustrated boredom. Standing out is Rain Murphy (Peter Strauss), a loner who endlessly runs around trash cans, sweat poring from his body, muscles tense and glistening, escaping the confines in his own, unique way. Serving a life sentence after murdering his father, Murphy obsessively runs on a daily basis. When he's clocked by the prison warden and psychologist one afternoon, they realize Murphy is achieving Olympic-level times.
Murphy has one friend, a black man and cellmate neighbor (Richard Lawson, in a very good supporting peformance) who runs afoul of the white supremacists led by Dr. D (Brian Dennehy, in one of his earliest roles). A murder takes place, leading to a race riot, and Murphy reluctantly finds himself in the middle of inmate tensions. The prisoners eventually bond, building a race track within the prison, thus giving Murphy a chance to make the Olympic team and run for freedom.
"The Jerico Mile" is a brilliant, symbolic story. Filmed on location, using actual prisoners, Mann went to obvious lengths to achieve utter realism.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Lost Hero April 28, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Hi, my name is Daniel.My father, Danny De Avila, was featured in this incredible peace of reality and historical memborance. I never got the chance to meet my father before but after watching this video I feel as though I have! My father was involved in keeping "The Jericho Mile" alive very much so. After the movie was filmed my father along with some of his friends made a proposal to the wardens in regard to keeping the track in the prison yard. The wardens, shortly after, made their final decision to keep the track remaining in the facility. I feel that this is very important to my family knowing that my father helped change part of prison history at Folsom State Penitentiary.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kin to the "brotherhood" February 27, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The dream of "The Jericho Mile" began long before it's television debut. For those of "us" who had/have family or friends who were non-paid "participants" to this emotionally inspiring movie of basic human triumph. With time so abundant in prison the need for a watch is not necessary. But with a stop-watch, freedom is just a few minutes away. The use of real prison inmates in one of California's toughest penitentiaries brings to life the spririt of "brotherhood" and the harsh reality of everyday prison life in Folsom. With the new Olympic sanctioned race track, Rain Murphy runs not only for Olympic gold but for the "The Jericho Mile".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Applicable today January 19, 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
Being a grouphome parent of six girls (formerly six boys for three years) I have found many lessons learned which helped me in my proffession. The Jericho Mile is an example of how you can still have new hopes and dreams, even if it seems your life is at its absolute lowest point. The movie was filmed perfectly, and still packs a punch today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best all-time movies about running. March 11, 2010
By Jamaal
I saw the Jericho Mile when it was broadcast in 1979, my senior year of high school, and I have watched it countless times over the years. I have an old grainy VHS recording that I bring out every once in a while when I want to be inspired about running, but I always end up being inspired about relationships, freedom and life in general. To me, one of the most moving parts was when Strauss' character initiates a fight to the death vs the black gang when he clearly has no chance of survival. After being beat to a pulp, his explanation of why he was fighting was a moment that was so shocking and sad that the vicious gang let him live. His reason, though sad, at the same time offered hope. Hope for enduring friendship, hope for race-relations, hope for the human spirit.

As the film's title implies, the inner spirit of this man, which drives him to run, has also shattered mighty barriers.

The theme music is awesome, and it still rings in my head at age 49 when I step outside to run a (not so) quick-paced mile or two...
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2.0 out of 5 stars My memory of it was that it was great; not so
The Jericho Mile was a TV movie made in 1979 for ABC. Having not seen it in 35 years, I was looking forward to watching it again after I bought it and played it on my region free... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kanenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good purchase. A classic!!!
This movie is amazing!!! Better than I remembered it. Very pleased. I immediately went for a run after watching. It is the "Rocky" of running movies!!!
Published 4 months ago by Raymond Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Jericho Mile-Roger DURAN
For a movie that was made for TV it was way ahead of its time! No one knows about it, too bad! A real classic!
Published 9 months ago by Roger C. Duran
1.0 out of 5 stars movie will not play
Couldn't play disk I paid almost $30 for. Feeling more than a little ripped off. What good is a movie that won't play ?!?
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie but................
...............this is for an International market and won't play on our machines (USA). Very disappointing to say the least. =(
Published 15 months ago by dekens
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD cannot be viewed in USA
VERY disappointed!!! write-up for this DVD did not highlight that that their product could NOT be viewed in USA -- only in Region 2!!! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Fred D. Naslund
1.0 out of 5 stars want to returtn
can not watch this movie on any of my players. I was told that it cannot be played in the united states. so I would like to know how to return it?
Published 16 months ago by Todd Glynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
This film flies under the radar. I first saw this while in high school, and again just recently. I could reiterate many of the other comments but ithe things that moved me then. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Pen Name
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed
Not able to watch video as it does not work with our video systems you need to have a system from the Netherlands?????? Read more
Published 22 months ago by Shirley Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars The Jericho Mile
This is a good prison-running movie. I bought it because I'm a runner and I try to watch all running movies. I do like it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Gabriel
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When will THE JERICHO MILE be released on DVD for the U.S.
I think The Jericho Mile was an outstanding, ground breaking movie as well. The performances by Richard Lawson and Peter Strauss were really believable. Director Michael Mann was breaking ground for works like Miami Vice, where he used music really effectively to help portray the movie's... Read More
Apr 21, 2012 by Mark C. Harris |  See all 5 posts
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