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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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El romance de Murphy  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,762,621 (USA)
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Trivia

Paul Newman and Marlon Brando were considered for the lead male role of Murphy Jones which in the end was cast with actor James Garner. 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 »

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[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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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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Cute funny movie with Garner in top form
31 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is such a cute movie! I remember seeing it when I was a senior in high school and absolutely loving it. I'm a big fan of Jim Garner and romantic comedies. This is just a totally feel-good movie. Garner's dialog and character are perfect. His words are so snappy and funny. Oh, to find a man like Murphy in real life... It was interesting to find out that Garner and Sally Field are really only 18 years apart. He was 56 and she was 38 when they made it. I watch it whenever it's on TV. I hate the way they edit it though. They took out one of the best lines, "How do you like your eggs, Murphy?" Why? I highly recommend this film.


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