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Murphy's Romance (1985)

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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)  »

Also Known As:

El romance de Murphy  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$30,762,621 (USA)
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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 »

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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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Featured in The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986) See more »

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RUNNING LONELY
Music and Lyrics by Carole King
Performed by Carole King with David Sanborn
Produced by Lou Adler
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A fine romance drama with good star appeal
14 August 2005 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

James Garner and Sally Field make an appealing couple involved in a May-December romance. This theme has been done before in films but Garner and Field bring a freshness that gives the production credibility as they form a casual friendship that intensifies as time passes. Field's troublesome and immature ex-spouse shows up to try to win her back and his presence causes an awkward, strained triangle that resolves itself in due course. Garner is a relaxed middle-aged pharmacist who is comfortable with himself and takes each day as it comes. Field is determined to make a new life for herself and her son as a horse trainer in a small Arizona town. Brian Kerwin and Corey Haim as Field's ex-husband and young son are good in supporting roles.


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