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Murphy's Romance (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 31 January 1986 (USA)
Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the widowed town druggist who steers business her way. Things ... See full summary »

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Max Schott (based on the novella by), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Field ... Emma Moriarity
James Garner ... Murphy Jones
Brian Kerwin ... Bobby Jack Moriarity
Corey Haim ... Jake Moriarity
Dennis Burkley ... Freeman Coverly
Georgann Johnson ... Margaret
Dortha Duckworth ... Bessie
Michael Prokopuk Michael Prokopuk ... Albert
Billy Ray Sharkey Billy Ray Sharkey ... Larry Le Beau
Michael Crabtree Michael Crabtree ... Jim Forrest
Anna Levine ... Wanda
Charles Lane ... Amos Abbott
Bruce French ... Rex Boyd
John C. Becher John C. Becher ... Jesse Parker
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Fred Hite
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Storyline

Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the widowed town druggist who steers business her way. Things are going along predictably until her ex-husband shows up, needing a place to stay. The three of them form an intricate circle, with Emma's son liking Murphy but desperately wanting his father back. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

Just when you think you've found the right guy, someone even worse comes along.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El romance de Murphy See more »

Filming Locations:

Eloy, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,906, 29 December 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,762,621
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First theatrical feature film produced by Laura Ziskin where she acted in a producing role as a head producer. See more »

Goofs

When Murphy visits Emma in the hospital the items on the patient's tray beside her bed keep changing throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Murphy: [to Emma, who's about to put a flyer on his windshield] Lady, you're covering up my causes.
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Soundtracks

LOVE FOR THE LAST TIME (THEME FROM MURPHY'S ROMANCE)
Music and Lyrics by Carole King
Performed by Carole King with David Sanborn
Produced by Lou Adler
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Chick Flick Guys Will Enjoy Too
1 October 2003 | by secragtSee all my reviews

Aging Garner makes the most of this showcase role, arguably among his best work. Sally Field is also appealing and believable as the much younger woman torn between romancing a ne'er-do-well but age appropriate peer or the warm-n'-fuzzy but still studly sexagenarian Garner. The dialogue exchanges between Garner and Field pop nicely and the direction is tight. Less polished is the plotline, which veers between the simplistic soap operatics in Field's life (boring and largely cliched) and the gradual courtship process between Garner and Field (sly, entertaining and winning).

Overall, though, this is a satisfying portrayal of may-december romance with the mush women will love and just enough conflict and tension to keep the men around, too. We all know the outcome before the start but it's still a gentle and loving rendition of the blossoming of true love.


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