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Murphy's Law (1986)

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.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Clifford A. Pellow ... Lieutenant Nachman
Janet MacLachlan ... Dr. Lovell
Lawrence Tierney ... Cameron
Jerome Thor Jerome Thor ... Judge Kellerman
Mischa Hausserman Mischa Hausserman ... Dave Manzarek
Cal Haynes Cal Haynes ... Reese
Hans Howes ... Santana
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Storyline

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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They set him up. He takes them down. See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

This movie represented the sixth of nine teamings of director 'J Lee Thompson' with star actor Charles Bronson. Prior to this movie they had made together St. Ives (1976), The White Buffalo (1977), Cabo Blanco (1980), 10 to Midnight (1983) and The Evil That Men Do (1984). After this picture, they made Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987), Messenger of Death (1988) and Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989). See more »

Goofs

When Murphy finds the Prosecutor Albert Skinner's body, asphyxiated with a nylon bag, the (uncredited) actor moves his eyelids. See more »

Quotes

Joan Freeman: Go to Hell!
Jack Murphy: Ladies first.
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Soundtracks

It's Got to Get Better
Written by Jim Cushinery & Valentine McCallum (as Val McCallum)
Courtesy of The Wigs
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Great insults!
14 February 2005 | by exmfcSee all my reviews

Our group watched this on valentine's day and I can tell you that it was a wonderful idea. We ended up writing down as many of those excellent 80's insults as possible, and our list ended up filling an entire page. You just don't see movies anymore where a major character says things like "I must have boogers for brains," or "eat it toe jam," let alone calls Bronson a "Snot Licking Donkey Fart" or a "Camel Crotch." We agonized over the seething sexual subtext throughout the film, wondering "would they or wouldn't they?" For maximum fun, appoint someone to yell "BRONSONED!!!!" whenever a heaping helping of snarling .44 Magnum super-justice appears imminent.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,388,907, 20 April 1986

Gross USA:

$9,947,631

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,947,631
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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