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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 »

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Max Schott (based on the novella by), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Field ... Emma Moriarity
James Garner ... Murphy Jones
Brian Kerwin ... Bobby Jack Moriarity
Corey Haim ... Jake Moriarity
Dennis Burkley ... Freeman Coverly
Georgann Johnson ... Margaret
Dortha Duckworth ... Bessie
Michael Prokopuk Michael Prokopuk ... Albert
Billy Ray Sharkey Billy Ray Sharkey ... Larry Le Beau
Michael Crabtree Michael Crabtree ... Jim Forrest
Anna Levine ... Wanda
Charles Lane ... Amos Abbott
Bruce French ... Rex Boyd
John C. Becher John C. Becher ... Jesse Parker
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Fred Hite
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El romance de Murphy See more »

Filming Locations:

Eloy, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,906, 29 December 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,762,621
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When director Martin Ritt gave a copy of the source Max Schott novel to screenwriters Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. the scribes wanted Paul Newman to play Murphy Jones, the pair had previously co-written the Newman starring Hud (1963) movie for director Ritt.. Star Sally Field had recently worked with Newman on Absence of Malice (1981) but in any event Newman declined Murphy's Romance (1985). See more »

Goofs

When Murphy visits Emma in the hospital the items on the patient's tray beside her bed keep changing throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

[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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Features Friday the 13th Part III (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

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 moveezSee 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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