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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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Freeman Coverly
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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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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$30,762,621 (USA)
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James Garner was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Murphy Jones. 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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References The China Syndrome (1979) See more »

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I LOVE YOU ONLY
Music and Lyrics by Carole King
Performed by Brian Kerwin
Produced by Lou Adler
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1 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Aging Garner makes the most of this showcase role, arguably among his best work. Sally Field is also appealing and believable as the much younger woman torn between romancing a ne'er-do-well but age appropriate peer or the warm-n'-fuzzy but still studly sexagenarian Garner. The dialogue exchanges between Garner and Field pop nicely and the direction is tight. Less polished is the plotline, which veers between the simplistic soap operatics in Field's life (boring and largely cliched) and the gradual courtship process between Garner and Field (sly, entertaining and winning).

Overall, though, this is a satisfying portrayal of may-december romance with the mush women will love and just enough conflict and tension to keep the men around, too. We all know the outcome before the start but it's still a gentle and loving rendition of the blossoming of true love.


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