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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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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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31 January 1986 (USA)  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$30,762,621 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia Pictures really wanted Marlon Brando for his "box office allure", despite the fact he hadn't been in a successful film since Apocalypse Now, while Garner more recently played the lead in Victor/Victoria. Director Martin Ritt and Sally Field insisted on Garner. (Well, she was going to be the one getting kissed.) See more »

Goofs

Murphy uses the same fountain dispenser for Coke (when Emma wanted a lemon coke), water (when Emma wanted Excedrin and water) and club soda (when Emma wanted a chocolate soda) and always pulls the handle toward himself. 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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POETRY
Music and Lyrics by Carole King
Performed by Carole King with David Sanborn
Produced by Lou Adler
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3 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Murphy's Romance is a great movie. My husband is not a big fan of Chick flicks and he loved it too. I think everyone should see it if they haven't already and I think there should be more films like this. I can't think of one that compares to it. I loved the setting in Arizona and the fact that she was working horses. You don't get too many films like this anymore. It was about starting over and finding love in an unexpected place. Sally Field and James Garner were spectacular. Murphy's Romance contained all the features a great film should possess. It was funny, yet serious and full of romance. It portrayed a mother and son who were close to one another. It was about making tough decisions and real life.


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