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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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Freeman Coverly
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Margaret
Dortha Duckworth ...
Bessie
Michael Prokopuk ...
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Jim Forrest
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Wanda
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John C. Becher ...
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,906 (USA) (29 December 1985)

Gross:

$30,762,621 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards - Best Cinematography (William A. Fraker) and Best Actor in a Leading Role (James Garner) but the picture failed to win an Oscar in either category, with Garner losing out to William Hurt for Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) and cinematography being won by David Watkin for Out of Africa (1985). 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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Connections

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

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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 really good movie!
23 October 2004 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. I have watched it numerous times, and I still love it! It is one of those "feel good" movies that we seldom see anymore. No violence, no sex, no "strong language", etc. Just a strong woman, and a strong man, gradually falling in love. No negatives at all. If you want to watch a pleasant movie, and go to bed feeling happy, watch this. James Garner and Sally Field both play very non-Hollywood types, and we love them all the more for it. (Watch for the scene where they are dancing - it is hysterical!)


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