Murphy's Law (1986)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  18 April 1986 (USA)
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An action-packed thriller starring Charles Bronson as Jack Murphy, a cop who is running to stay alive long enough to even the score with his wife's killer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Penney
Frank Vincenzo
Bill Henderson ...
Ben Wilcove
James Luisi ...
Ed Reineke
Clifford A. Pellow ...
Lieutenant Nachman
Dr. Lovell
Jerome Thor ...
Judge Kellerman
Mischa Hausserman ...
Dave Manzarek
Cal Haynes ...
Hans Howes ...


Charles Bronson plays Jack Murphy a veteran police detective who is framed for the murder of his ex-wife. Although taken into custody, Murphy escapes from the police station handcuffed to a foul-mouthed car thief. Pursued by the police, Murphy must find the real killer before it is too late. Written by Michael A Kortt <>

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He's a cop, She's a thief, together they're running for their lives See more »


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Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ley de Murphy  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$9,947,631 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This Charles Bronson movie was theatrically released between between his pictures Death Wish 3 (1985) and Assassination (1987). See more »


When Jack and Arabella escape from the hotel, she steps onto the fire ladder first. However it is Jack that steps off the ladder prior to her. See more »


Arabella McGee: Suck a doorknob, you homo!
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Murphy's Law
Written and Performed by Paul McCallum, Kathleen Wilhoite and John Bisharat
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Bronson's law
7 July 2004 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

What can I say? "Murphy's law" is definitely one of the best Charles Bronson thrillers of 1980's, there's no doubt about that. "10 to midnight" and "Messenger of death" are also worth watching (just to name two) but this might just be even better than them. Even though I'm a huge fan of the bloke I know the movie is pretty basic and not very surprising but that's Bronson for you. It's still damn exciting, funny, fresh and filled with great action and am I the only one who thinks Kathleen Wilhoite turns out to be rather cute during the film? Bronson is cool and tough as always and why wouldn't he be, after all the bloke is only 65 years young. J. Lee Thompson directed Bronson several times and this is quite likely among his greatest efforts. Legendary cop flick for all Charlie freaks.

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