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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)  »

Also Known As:

El romance de Murphy  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,762,621 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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After Norma Rae (1979) and Back Roads (1981), this was Martin Ritt and Sally Field's third and final film together. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

References The China Syndrome (1979) See more »

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LOVE FOR THE LAST TIME (THEME FROM MURPHY'S ROMANCE)
Music and Lyrics by Carole King
Performed by Carole King with David Sanborn
Produced by Lou Adler
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3 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Murphy's Romance is a great movie. My husband is not a big fan of Chick flicks and he loved it too. I think everyone should see it if they haven't already and I think there should be more films like this. I can't think of one that compares to it. I loved the setting in Arizona and the fact that she was working horses. You don't get too many films like this anymore. It was about starting over and finding love in an unexpected place. Sally Field and James Garner were spectacular. Murphy's Romance contained all the features a great film should possess. It was funny, yet serious and full of romance. It portrayed a mother and son who were close to one another. It was about making tough decisions and real life.


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