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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$30,867,525

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,867,525
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Lunch Counter is in Florence, Arizona. It is in the General Store about one block south of the movie location. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, when "Murphy Jones" is shown playing the fiddle at the dance hall, his bow strokes and fingerings are totally unrepresentative of the music heard on the soundtrack. Obviously, James Garner hasn't the slightest idea how to play the violin, and the sequence was over-dubbed. 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

HUNGRY HOWLING AT THE MOON
Music and Lyrics by Carole King
Performed by Carole King
Lead vocal by Joanne Christy Pierce
Produced by Lou Adler
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A Chick Flick?
2 July 2005 | by rustydogSee all my reviews

Sure, this is a romantic comedy, but I wouldn't call it a chick flick. It's a great story, and all the principals work effortlessly towards making the film just downright entertaining.

Garner is at his best as an understatedly charming small-town pharmacist who becomes entangled in the life of a fiercely independent single mother with a deadbeat ex-husband. Field hits all the right notes with her character, but I can't tell if she's stepping back, or she just doesn't know how to play against Garner's lackadaisical style. Brian Kerwin gives his best screen performance as her ex, and sure, he plays a deadbeat, but he just oozes sex appeal.


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