Wifes and children of the Mormon Orville Beecham become victims of a massacre in his own house. The police believes the crime had a religious motive. Orville doesn't give any comment on the... See full summary »
J. Lee Thompson
Trish Van Devere,
Jay Killion (Charles Bronson) had been the presidential bodyguard, but for the inauguration of the recently elected president, he is assigned to the first lady, Lara Royce (Jill Ireland). ... See full summary »
Peter R. Hunt
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
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This movie teams a cop Jack Murphy (Charles Bronson with a thief Arabella McGee (Kathleen Wilhoite). This storyline of pairing a cop with a convict was popular in Hollywood during the 1980s after the success of 48 Hrs. (1982). This high-concept was encapsulated in one of this film's movie poster tag-lines reading: "He's a cop, She's a thief, together they're running for their lives". During the 1980s, Midnight Run (1988) also utilized this high-concept but replaced the cop with a bounty hunter. The convict-cop pairing was also earlier made famous in The Defiant Ones (1958). 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 »
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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"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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