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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Jack Moriarty
Freeman Coverly
Dortha Duckworth ...
Michael Prokopuk ...
Billy Ray Sharkey ...
Larry Le Beau
Michael Crabtree ...
Jim Forrest
Amos Abbott
Rex Boyd
John C. Becher ...
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Henry Slate ...
Fred Hite


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Just when you think you've found the right guy, someone even worse comes along.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El romance de Murphy  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)


$30,762,621 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Columbia Pictures really wanted Marlon Brando for his "box office allure", despite the fact he hadn't been in a film since 1980, while Garner more recently played the lead in Victor Victoria (1982). Director Martin Ritt and 'Sally Field' insisted on Garner. (Well, she was going to be the one getting kissed.) See more »


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 »


[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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Features Friday the 13th Part III (1982) See more »


Music and Lyrics by Carole King
Performed by Carole King
Lead vocal by Joanne Christy Pierce
Produced by Lou Adler
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Just a real good movie
29 August 2005 | by (San Diego, California, United States) – See all my reviews

This may or may not be a chick flick. But who cares. Growing up in the 60s and 70s, Garner and Fields were two of my favorite television stars. So to see them together in a movie is a treat. While Garner's character is about 30 years older than Sally's, there is an undeniable chemistry between the two.

Also, there is a gentle, mature humor in this movie. It will bring a smile to your face without the gross physical comedy or profanity so prevalent in modern movies.

I have to admit that I am a romantic at heart, and this movie certainly hit home. If you like a film with a touch of romance, humor, and good performances by the lead actors, this is a movie you should add to you DVD collection.

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