Ein Mann kämpft allein (1979) HD online
|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|
|William Prince||-||O.A.U. Chairman|
|Richard Moll||-||Joker Gibb|
|Edmund Penney||-||OAU Official|
|Ji-Tu Cumbuka||-||Brother Lateef|
After the success of this project, Michael Mann received over two dozen offers to direct projects. He turned them all down to do Thief (1981).
Filmed at Folsom Prison in California, many actual prisoners appeared on camera. One of those prisoners acted as a bodyguard for Peter Strauss.
During the shoot in Folsom, there were thirteen stabbings and one murder among the inmates, but not a single crewmember was injured or threatened over the course of the production, and no one ever witnessed any violence.
Shot in 21 days with a budget of 1,1 mill. dollars.
The film, as was common with many network made for TV movies at the time, was released outside the USA in theaters.
Upon working on episodes of numerous TV shows during 1976-1978, Mann was given the chance to direct an episode of Police Woman (1974) (Police Woman: The Buttercup Killer (1977)). Impressed with his directorial work, ABC told Mann he could search through their archive of unproduced scripts to see if there was anything he wished to make as a Movie of the Week. Mann picked out the Jeffrey Bloom script, Swan Song (1980). Mann rewrote it and went into preproduction. David Soul came on board as star and producer, and the film was set to go into production when Soul suffered a spinal injury. The project was put on hiatus, and Mann went back to find another script, eventually deciding on Patrick J. Nolan's The Jericho Mile.
Murphy's line 'Are you gonna tell me they invented a hard time you can't handle?' is almost exactly the same as Beedan's (Dennis Haysbert) line 'There ain't been a hard time invented that I cannot handle' in Heat (1995), also written and directed by Michael Mann. A variation of the line is also found in Swan Song (1980) when Jesse (David Soul) says "They haven't invented the hard time that I ain't prepared to handle." Swan Song features a script co-written by Mann. The line is also used by Gina (Saundra Santiago) in an episode of Miami Vice (1984) (Miami Vice: Give a Little, Take a Little (1984)) and by Julie Torello (Darlanne Fluegel) in the pilot episode of Crime Story (1986); both shows were executive produced by Mann.
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."