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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Murphy
... Arabella McGee
... Joan Freeman
... Art Penney
... Frank Vincenzo
... Jan
... Ben Wilcove
... Ed Reineke
Clifford A. Pellow ... Lieutenant Nachman
... Dr. Lovell
... Cameron
Jerome Thor ... Judge Kellerman
Mischa Hausserman ... Dave Manzarek
Cal Haynes ... Reese
... 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 »


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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ley de Murphy  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,388,907, 20 April 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,947,631
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Apollonia Kotero was one of the actresses that was up for the role of Arabella McGee. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

References Romper Room and Friends (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Got to Get Better
Written by Jim Cushinery & Valentine McCallum (as Val McCallum)
Courtesy of The Wigs
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Don't 'mess' with Jack Murphy!
18 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

I found this Charles Bronson/J. Lee Thompson film combo to be not so bad after all. Bronson plays tough as nails detective/cop Jack Murphy who lost his wife and now has a big drinking problem. Along the way through his travels he runs into a very mouthy young lady who eventually becomes friendly with him. The action is all there along with some rare Bronson dark-humor as well. It seems as though somebody is getting revenge on Bronson and his cronies for an unfortunate incident that had happened years prior. Very well done movie, I thought at times it was a little cheesy (I keep forgetting that this flick was from 1986). Not bad at all. Definitely a rating or two (or three) higher than Director Thompson and Bronsons next film combo 'Death Wish 4 : The Crackdown'. It is worth a viewing. 7 out of 10 stars will definitely do.


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