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Release Date:
18 April 1986 (USA) See more »
He's a cop, She's a thief, together they're running for their lives See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Charles Bronson ... Jack Murphy

Kathleen Wilhoite ... Arabella McGee

Carrie Snodgress ... Joan Freeman

Robert F. Lyons ... Art Penney

Richard Romanus ... Frank Vincenzo
Angel Tompkins ... Jan
Bill Henderson ... Ben Wilcove
James Luisi ... Ed Reineke
Clifford A. Pellow ... Lieutenant Nachman
Janet MacLachlan ... Dr. Lovell

Lawrence Tierney ... Cameron
Jerome Thor ... Judge Kellerman
Mischa Hausserman ... Dave Manzarek
Cal Haynes ... Reese

Hans Howes ... Santana
Joseph Roman ... Carl (as Joseph Spallina Roman)
Chris DeRose ... Tony Vincenzo (as Chris De Rose)
Frank Annese ... Kelly
Paul McCallum ... Hog

Dennis Hayden ... Sonny

Tony Montero ... Max

David Hayman ... Jack
Lisa Vice ... Blonde

Janet Rotblatt ... Mrs. Vincenzo

Greg Finley ... Booking Sergeant
Jerry Lazarus ... Lawyer

Robert Axelrod ... Hotel Clerk
John Hawker ... Hotel Guest
Bert Williams ... Police Captain

Daniel D. Halleck ... Lead Cop (as Daniel Halleck)

Randall Carver ... Mechanic

Gerald Berns ... Young Cop
Don Brodie ... Old Man (as Don L. Brodie)
Graham Timbes ... Detective
David K. Johnston ... Guard #1
Paul McCauley ... Bailiff
Brooks Wachtel ... Maitre D'
Richard Hochberg ... Man with Glasses
John F. McCarthy ... Patrol Cop

Leigh Lombardi ... Stewardess

Charlie Brewer ... Security Guard
Charles A. Nero ... Liquor Clerk
Wheeler Henderson ... Woman in Bathroom
Frank Bove ... Guard #2

Christopher Stanley ... Ambulance Attendant (as Chris Stanley)
Linda Harwood ... Waitress
Nancie Clark ... Restaurant Patron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

C. Courtney Joyner ... Bar Patron
Michael Cooper ... LAX Policeman (uncredited)
Shawn McBurney ... Waiter (uncredited)
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Directed by
J. Lee Thompson 
Writing credits
Gail Morgan Hickman (written by)

Produced by
Yoram Globus .... executive producer
Menahem Golan .... executive producer
Gail Morgan Hickman .... associate producer
Jill Ireland .... co-producer
Pancho Kohner .... producer
Original Music by
Marc Donahue 
Valentine McCallum 
Cinematography by
Álex Phillips Jr. (director of photography) (as Alex Phillips)
Film Editing by
Peter Lee-Thompson  (as Peter Lee Thompson)
Charles Simmons 
Casting by
Perry Bullington 
Robert MacDonald 
Production Design by
William Cruse 
Set Decoration by
Whitney Brooke Wheeler  (as W. Brooke Wheeler)
Costume Design by
Shelley Komarov 
Makeup Department
Lilly Benyair-Gart .... hair supervisor (as Lily Benyair)
Lilly Benyair-Gart .... makeup supervisor (as Lily Benyair)
Melonie Cleric .... assistant hairdresser (as Melonie Nadinia Cleric)
Dee Mansano .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jeffrey Silver .... executive in charge of production
Michael R. Sloan .... post-production supervisor
George Van Noy .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Lazarus .... first assistant director
Robert C. Ortwin Jr. .... second assistant director
Art Department
Edwin M. Brewer .... property master (as Edwin Brewer)
Joshua Culp .... assistant art director (as Joshua S. Culp)
Jim Elyea .... set dresser (as James Elyea)
Mark Heiner .... assistant property master
John S. Karas .... construction coordinator (as John Karras)
Aimee D. Orkin .... scenic artist
Rodger M. Pitts .... set dresser
Lynn Risdon .... art department coordinator
Catherine Schlesinger .... art department coordinator
Walter Shipley .... set dresser (as Walt Shipley)
Rene Veluzat .... construction coordinator
David Halver .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
George Berndt .... supervising dialogue editor
Jim Borgardt .... dialogue editor (as James A. Borgardt)
Mike Clark .... boom operator
Christine Danelski .... assistant sound effects editor
Elliot Deitch .... sound effects editor
John Duvall .... foley editor
Craig Felburg .... production sound mixer
Dennis Fuller .... cable man
Jessica Gallavan .... assistant dialogue editor
Sandy Gendler .... supervising sound effects editor
Howell Gibbens .... assistant sound effects editor
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
Victor Grodecki .... dialogue editor
Julie Hall .... sound effects editor
Richard King .... sound effects editor
David Lebrun .... foley editor (as David LeBrun)
Darwin Jay Lollar .... boom operator
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Portman)
Barry Rubinow .... foley editor
Ruth Schell .... dialogue editor
Ralph Stuart .... assistant sound effects editor
Special Effects by
John Bisson .... special effects
Michael Clifford .... special effects (as Michael A. Clifford)
David Bilson .... stunt player
May Boss .... stunt player
Hal Burton .... stunt player
Kerrie Cullen .... stunt player
Christopher Doyle .... stunt player
Beau Vanden Ecker .... associate stunt coordinator (as Beau Van Den Ecker)
Tom Elliott .... stunt player (as Tom Elliot)
Eurlyne Epper .... stunt player
Jeannie Epper .... stunt player
Debbie Evans .... stunt player
Buck McDancer .... stunt player
George Novak .... stunt player
Alan Oliney .... stunt player
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
Karen Price .... stunt player
Carol Rees .... stunt player
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunt player
John Sherrod .... stunt player
Bob Stephens .... stunt player (as Bob Norm Stephens)
Joe Stone .... stunt player
Harry Wowchuk .... stunt player
David Zellitti .... stunt player
Kenny Bates .... stunts (uncredited)
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Jacob Rupp .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh Bleibtreu .... second assistant camera
Anthony Caldwell .... best boy grip
Andrew Cooper .... still photographer
Caleb Edwards .... best boy grip
Jack English .... gaffer (as John P. English)
Joan Geguld .... grip (as Joan Geduld)
Ed Giovanni .... first assistant camera
Kevin Kuhn .... second assistant camera (as Kevin Kühn)
John Maninger .... electrician (as John H. Maninger)
Tony Mazzucchi .... grip (as Anthony T. Mazzucchi)
Hugh McCallum .... electrician
John Roy Morgan .... key grip (as John Morgan)
Dino Parks .... electrician
Charles W. Smith .... electrician
Pat Swovelin .... second assistant camera
Jesse Tango .... grip (as Jess Tango Jr.)
Newton TerMeer .... best boy electrician (as Newton Termeer)
Eric Ward .... electrician (as Eric A. Ward)
Jamie Young .... grip
George M. Chappell .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Dennis Hansen .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heidi Freundlich Gilles .... assistant costume designer
Beverly Val-Brown .... second assistant wardrobe (as Beverly Brown)
Marion Kirk .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Johanna Lyle Bennett .... assistant film editor (as Johanna L. Bennett)
Anne Couk .... assistant film editor
Michael J. Duthie .... additional editor
Mary E. Jochem .... assistant film editor
Karen D. Joseph .... assistant film editor (as Karen Joseph)
Daniel Loewenthal .... additional editor
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen .... post-production coordinator
Angelo Russo .... color timer
Scott Stevenson .... assistant film editor
Anne-Marie Vitello .... negative cutter
Ron Vitello .... negative cutter
Craig Weintraub .... assistant film editor
Music Department
John Bisharat .... composer: closing title theme
Bill Black .... assistant music editor
Marc Donahue .... music performer
Paula Erickson .... music supervisor
Valentine McCallum .... music performer
Barbara Pokras .... music editor
Transportation Department
George K. Burnette .... driver
John Conte .... driver
Ross Ellis .... driver
Edward Flotard .... transportation captain
Allan Herendeen .... driver
Jimmy Jones .... transportation coordinator
Joe 'Stinky' Killian .... driver (as Joseph Killian)
George R. Matejka .... driver (as George Metejka)
Tim C. McHenry .... driver (as Tim McHenry)
George Panivics .... driver: chef (as George Panevics)
Joel Renfro .... transportation coordinator (as Joel A. Renfro)
Jim Rogers .... driver
Charlie Rothstein .... driver (as Charles Rothstein)
Daniel Rothstein .... driver
Danny L. Swanson .... driver (as Danny Swanson)
Chip H. White .... driver
John Yarbrough .... driver (as John David Yarbrough)
Bruce Scott .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Other crew
Wenden K. Baldwin .... title designer
Caroline Baron .... assistant production executive
Karin Cooper .... script supervisor
Alan Gershenfeld .... production coordinator
Amy Grandrath .... production assistant
Mischa Hausserman .... aerial coordinator
Gretchen Iverson .... production assistant (as Gretchen Iversen)
Leonor Johnson .... cook's helper
Leslie 'Tinker' Linville .... accounting assistant (as Leslie Linville)
Michael Madl .... security guard
Shelley Mills .... production assistant
Patricia G. Payró .... assistant to producer
Larry Pearson .... location manager
Kevin B. Piatt .... craft service
Kevin B. Piatt .... first aid
Robert Saurman .... police coordinator
Kyle Seidenbaum .... title designer
Jonathan Wolf .... production accountant (as Jonathan D. Wolf)
Erez Yaoz .... production assistant
Enrico Mastracchi Manes .... production assistant (uncredited)
Joe Straw .... production accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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100 min
Color (TVC)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Carrie Snodgress, Academy Award Best Actress Oscar nominee for Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970), creates a variation of her famous "Mad Housewife" screen persona in this movie by playing a "Mad Villain" who is a psycho killer who actually frames Jack Murphy (Charles Bronson) by murdering his ex-housewife!See more »
Continuity: 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!See more »
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References "Airwolf" (1984)See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A+ Bronson!, 17 October 2003
Author: dtucker86 from Germany

All right folks, we all know the late Mister Bronson wasn't a good "actor" in the traditional sense. When you went to see his films, you didn't go to see him do Shakespeare or Tennessee Williams, you went to see him blow scum away and he always delivered. I think he had a higher body count then Clint Eastwood. Murphy's Law is probably the closest thing he ever did to a comedy. He and Kathleen Wilhoite made a good team as a foul mouthed street girl and a drunken framed for murder cop on the run. Wilhoite has to set some kind of a record in this film for the most swear words (the most imaginative swear words). Bronson is stony faced as usual but that was just him. I like the scene where he plays Russian Roulette on that one mobster (he literally catches him with his pants down). Jack Murphy is a burnt out drunk but you still feel for him. The only thing I couldn't figure out is why he didn't show them that bump on the back of his head after those guys killed his ex wife and tried to make it look like he did it? Lapse of logic there. The jail break and helicopter scene are the best part of the film as is the final shootout. Carrie Snodgrass is wonderful as the female psychopath and I love this exchange she has with Bronson (You go to hell!...Ladies first!). Bronson was never really able to have another hit as big as Death Wish (who could top that?). However this film is worth a look, after all in how many films does the hero throw his groceries at the bad guys and get kneed in the cojones by the heroine? Look for 1940s gangster star Lawrence Tierney in a cameo.

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