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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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 <mkortt@metz.une.edu.au>

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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,947,631 (USA)
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Madonna was considered to play Arabella McKee, Madonna wanted $1 million to star in the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Jack Murphy: The only law I know is "Jack Murphy's law." It's very simple. Don't *fuck* with Jack Murphy. You remember that.
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References Airwolf (1984) See more »

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It's Got to Get Better
Written by Jim Cushinery & Valentine McCallum (as Val McCallum)
Courtesy of The Wigs
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"Don't f*** with Jack Murphy!"
4 October 2003 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

"Murphy's Law" was a refreshing change-of-pace for Charlie, not that it gives him less scenes to kick criminals around, and blow them away in cold blood, but it has a great flair of comedy and introduces the legendary superstar to the run-from-everybody-and-prove-your-innocence formula that was created by Hitchcock in the 1930's. The scenes between Bronson and Kathleen Wilhoite are fun to watch (exactly HOW many words of insult does Wilhoite come up with in this movie?) and Carrie Snodgress is downright scary as a female psycho. Her opening scene with B-movie-star legend Lawrence Tierney is chilling. To top it all of Bronson get to deliver a reeeaaally cool line before he blows away one of the bad-guys at the end. Nobody says the F-word like Charles Bronson, that's for sure.

Only one quibble: the score (the songs not included). It's like the composer walked out on the project and they had to do with some low budget prerecorded stuff. It's just awful how the music sometimes just seem to loop for two minutes and then tone down in a second when a phone rings, or a line is spoken. I hope someone was fired for this.

But asides from the soundtrack this really is one of Charles Bronson's best of the 1980's, together with "The Evil That Men Do" and "Death Hunt". If you're not a fan of Bronson I guess that's not saying much, but if you DO like him you can not miss "Murphy's Law"!


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