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84 Ratings

The Jericho Mile

Directed by Michael Mann
United States, 1979


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,

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The Jericho Mile Directed by Michael Mann

Awards & Festivals

Directors Guild of America

1980 | Winner: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Specials/Movies for TV/Actuality

Critics reviews

As solid as The Jericho Mile’s teleplay may be, it’s Mann’s direction that especially dazzles. The filmmaker’s style here is concise, but it bears the same keen eye for movement and mood that he’s brought to his theatrical productions over the years.
July 04, 2018
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Imbued with an authentic claustrophobia and menace, the movie makes it easy to comprehend how the Folsom experience marked Mann to such an extent that 36 years later you can still find echoes of it in his most recent film Blackhat.
July 06, 2015
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Even at this early point in Mann’s career, one can see the unique blend of documentary textures (the film’s mostly dialogue-free opening sequence resembles one of Frederick Wiseman’s fly-on-the-wall institutional studies more than a network TV movie) and the more epic—let’s call them “cinematic”—ambitions that would come to define the director’s later work.
January 22, 2015
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