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Murphy's Romance (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 31 January 1986 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Bobby Jack Moriarity
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Freeman Coverly
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Margaret
Dortha Duckworth ...
Bessie
Michael Prokopuk ...
Albert
Billy Ray Sharkey ...
Larry Le Beau
Michael Crabtree ...
Jim Forrest
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Wanda
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Amos Abbott
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Rex Boyd
John C. Becher ...
Jesse Parker
Henry Slate ...
Fred Hite
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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>

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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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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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One of numerous collaborations (about eight) of director Martin Ritt and screenwriters Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr.. See more »

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When Murphy and Emma return from their walk in the hospital he tells her she only has one problem; that her hospital gown is open all the way down her back. In an earlier scene, when they are leaving the room to take their walk, her gown is only open a few inches near the bottom. 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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Referenced in Video Violence (1987) See more »

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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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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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