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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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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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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,906, 29 December 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,762,621
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According to the Wikipedia website, "part of the deal from the [Columbia Pictures] studio, which at that time was owned by The Coca-Cola Company, included an eight line sequence of [Sally] Field and [James] Garner saying the word "Coke" and also having Coke signs appear prominently in the film". See more »

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When Murphy visits Emma in the hospital the items on the patient's tray beside her bed keep changing throughout the scene. 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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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 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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