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Murphy's Romance (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 31 January 1986 (USA)
Emma moves to a ranch with her son after a divorce and befriends the older Murphy, but things turn complicated when her ex shows up.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Max Schott (based on the novella by), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay by) | 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 Thomson ... Wanda (as Anna Levine)
Charles Lane ... Amos Abbott
Bruce French ... Rex Boyd
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Trivia

The principal photography period on this picture ran for around fifty-five days. See more »

Goofs

Incorrectly Regarded as Goofs: When Murphy and Emma return from their walk in the hospital, he tells her that her hospital gown is open all the way down her back. This is an example of Murphy's humor; he is simply joking with Emma. 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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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