The Jericho Mile [Region 2]
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"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.Read more ›
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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I first saw this movie when it came out on TV and a couple of other times in later years. I consider it among the absolute best movies that I have ever seen. Read morePublished 18 months ago by LEE
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 morePublished 24 months ago by Kanenberg
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 on June 3, 2014 by Raymond Perry
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 on January 14, 2014 by Roger C. Duran
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 on January 12, 2014 by Sherrie Drone
...............this is for an International market and won't play on our machines (USA). Very disappointing to say the least. =(Published on July 28, 2013 by dekens