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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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Bobby Jack Moriarty
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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 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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31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El romance de Murphy  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$30,762,621 (USA)
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Trivia

One of the few films to successfully appeal its MPAA rating. In a pivotal scene with Murphy, Bobby Jack asks him if he and Emma have been "fucking". The MPAA "automatic language rule" normally does not allow even a single instance of a "sexually derived" vulgarity, in a sexual context, in a PG-13 release. 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 »

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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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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A Chick Flick?
2 July 2005 | by (Jackson, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

Sure, this is a romantic comedy, but I wouldn't call it a chick flick. It's a great story, and all the principals work effortlessly towards making the film just downright entertaining.

Garner is at his best as an understatedly charming small-town pharmacist who becomes entangled in the life of a fiercely independent single mother with a deadbeat ex-husband. Field hits all the right notes with her character, but I can't tell if she's stepping back, or she just doesn't know how to play against Garner's lackadaisical style. Brian Kerwin gives his best screen performance as her ex, and sure, he plays a deadbeat, but he just oozes sex appeal.


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