Murphy's Romance (1985)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Jack Moriarty
Freeman Coverly
Dortha Duckworth ...
Michael Prokopuk ...
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Larry Le Beau
Michael Crabtree ...
Jim Forrest
Amos Abbott
Rex Boyd
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Emma is a divorced woman with a teen aged boy who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the 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, Emma's son liking Murphy, but desperately wanting his father back. Written by John Vogel <>

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


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El romance de Murphy  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$30,762,621 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Gene Blakely's final film. See more »


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 »


[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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Referenced in Video Violence (1987) See more »


Music and Lyrics by Carole King
Performed by Carole King with David Sanborn
Produced by Lou Adler
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A really good movie!
23 October 2004 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. I have watched it numerous times, and I still love it! It is one of those "feel good" movies that we seldom see anymore. No violence, no sex, no "strong language", etc. Just a strong woman, and a strong man, gradually falling in love. No negatives at all. If you want to watch a pleasant movie, and go to bed feeling happy, watch this. James Garner and Sally Field both play very non-Hollywood types, and we love them all the more for it. (Watch for the scene where they are dancing - it is hysterical!)

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