Murphy's Law

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An officer of the law becomes a wanted man while trailing a killer in this crime drama. Jack Murphy Charles Bronson is a police detective who helped to put Joan Freeman Carrie Snodgress, a psychotic murderer, behind bars ten years ago. However, Joan is now back on the street and determined to get revenge on Jack. She kills Jack's ex-wife and her new husband, and she cleverly frames the detective for the crime. Jack is arrested and taken into custody handcuffed to Arabella McGee Kathleen Wilhoite, a ...
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An officer of the law becomes a wanted man while trailing a killer in this crime drama. Jack Murphy Charles Bronson is a police detective who helped to put Joan Freeman Carrie Snodgress, a psychotic murderer, behind bars ten years ago. However, Joan is now back on the street and determined to get revenge on Jack. She kills Jack's ex-wife and her new husband, and she cleverly frames the detective for the crime. Jack is arrested and taken into custody handcuffed to Arabella McGee Kathleen Wilhoite, a rough-and-ready young hoodlum picked up for theft. Jack is able to escape, and has to track down Joan in order to clear his name with Arabella as his unwitting accomplice. Murphy's Law also features Lawrence Tierney and Richard Romanus.
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This often silly but fitfully amusing potboiler is one of the better Charles Bronson vehicles from his 1980s era. Gail Morgan Hickman's script makes up for what it lacks in originality and believable dialogue with plenty of colorful B-movie characterizations, a lively pace, and a string of amusing action set pieces. Director J. Lee Thompson fails to invest the movie with any kind of real dramatic weight but his slick direction keeps things moving nicely and he wisely fleshes out the supporting cast with plenty of familiar faces. Those familiar faces play a big part in making Murphy's Law entertaining: Lawrence Tierney has a darkly amusing bit as an ill-fated private eye, Carrie Snodgrass throws plenty of method-actor theatrics into her psycho killer role, and Richard Romanus is a hoot as the tough-talking but secretly cowardly mob boss with a grudge against Jack Murphy. In terms of leads, Bronson is his usual stone-faced self but sidekick Kathleen Wilhoite proves to be a likable comedic foil despite the groan-worthy dialogue she is saddled with. In the end, Murphy's Law is far from Bronson's best work but energetic enough to keep his fans entertained.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/1997
  • UPC: 086112043036
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Bronson Jack Murphy
Kathleen Wilhoite Arabella McGee
Carrie Snodgress Joan Freeman
Robert F. Lyons Art Penney
Angel Tompkins Jan
Richard Romanus Frank Vicnezo
Bill Henderson Ben Wilcove
James Luisi Ed Reineke
Clifford A. Pellow Lt. Nachman
Frank Annese Kelly
Robert Axelrod Hotel Clerk
Gerald Berns Young Cop
Frank Bove Guard
Charlie Brewer Security Guard
Don Brodie Old Man
Randall Carver Mechanic
Nancie Clark Restaurant Patron
Chris de Rose Tony Vincenzo
Greg Finley Booking Sergeant
Linda Harwood Waitress
Mischa Hausserman Dave Manzarek
John Hawker Hotel Guest
Dennis Hayden Sonny
David Hayman Jack
Cal Haynes Reese
Wheeler Henderson Woman in Bathroom
Richard Hochberg Man With Glasses
Hans Howes Santana
David K. Johnston Guard
Jerry Lazarus Lawyer
Leigh Lombardi Stewardess
Janet MacLachlan Dr. Lovell
Paul McCallum Hog
John F. McCarthy Patrol Cop
Paul McCauley Bailiff
Tony Montero Max
Daniel Nalleck Lead Cop
Charles A. Nero Liquor Clerk
Joseph Spallina Roman Carl
Janet Rotblatt Mrs. Vincenzo
Chris Stanley Ambulance Attendant
Jerome Thor Judge Kellerman
Lawrence Tierney Cameron
Graham Timbes Detective
Lisa Vice Blonde
Brooks Wachtel Maitre d'
Bert Williams Police Capt
Technical Credits
J. Lee Thompson Director
Lily Benyar Makeup
John Bishardt Songwriter
William Cruse Production Designer
Jim Cushinery Songwriter
Marc Donahue Score Composer
Yoram Globus Executive Producer
Menahem Golan Executive Producer
Gail Morgan Hickman Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Jill Ireland Co-producer
Pancho Kohner Producer
Shelley Komarov Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Lee-Thompson Editor
Paul McCallum Songwriter
Valentine McCallum Score Composer
Alex Phillips Jr. Cinematographer
Charles Simmons Editor
Whitney Brooke Wheeler Set Decoration/Design
Kathleen Wilhoite Songwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTEMPT

    The Bronson-Thompson combo played better in past screen efforts. This is a formula cop flick and the familiar good cop gets the bad cops who are out to get him. But there's enough good in 90 minutes, especially when Kathleen Wilhoite and Bronson verbally spar. Take a look and see.

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