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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emma Moriarity
... Murphy Jones
... Bobby Jack Moriarity
... Jake Moriarity
... Freeman Coverly
... Margaret
Dortha Duckworth ... Bessie
Michael Prokopuk ... Albert
Billy Ray Sharkey ... Larry Le Beau
Michael Crabtree ... Jim Forrest
... Wanda
... Amos Abbott
... Rex Boyd
John C. Becher ... Jesse Parker
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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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,906, 29 December 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,762,621
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This title is one of a number of productions where actor James Garner, portrays a title character. The film and television productions include: Cash McCall (1960), Marlowe (1969), Mister Buddwing (1966), Murphy's Romance (1985), Darby's Rangers (1958), The Castaway Cowboy (1974), The Rockford Files (1974), A Man Called Sledge (1970), Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969), Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971), "Bret Maverick" (1981)_ and other "Maverick" television shows such as Maverick (1957) and The New Maverick (1978). 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 »

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[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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I LOVE YOU ONLY
Music and Lyrics by Carole King
Performed by Brian Kerwin
Produced by Lou Adler
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Cute funny movie with Garner in top form
31 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is such a cute movie! I remember seeing it when I was a senior in high school and absolutely loving it. I'm a big fan of Jim Garner and romantic comedies. This is just a totally feel-good movie. Garner's dialog and character are perfect. His words are so snappy and funny. Oh, to find a man like Murphy in real life... It was interesting to find out that Garner and Sally Field are really only 18 years apart. He was 56 and she was 38 when they made it. I watch it whenever it's on TV. I hate the way they edit it though. They took out one of the best lines, "How do you like your eggs, Murphy?" Why? I highly recommend this film.


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