Murphy's Romance

Murphy's Romance

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Director: Martin Ritt

Cast: Martin Ritt, Sally Field, James Garner, Brian Kerwin

     
 

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Newly divorced Emma Moriarty (Sally Field) moves herself and her young son to a small Arizona town, hoping to establish a horse farm. Town pharmacist Murphy Jones (James Garner), the town's most eligible bachelor, develops a platonic friendship with Emma, but he decides to keep his distance when her ex-husband Bobby Jack (Brian Kerwin), who claims he's changed his… See more details below

Overview

Newly divorced Emma Moriarty (Sally Field) moves herself and her young son to a small Arizona town, hoping to establish a horse farm. Town pharmacist Murphy Jones (James Garner), the town's most eligible bachelor, develops a platonic friendship with Emma, but he decides to keep his distance when her ex-husband Bobby Jack (Brian Kerwin), who claims he's changed his irresponsible ways, moves back in with her. At a party at Emma's ranch, Murphy and Bobby Jack get into a verbal row, but nothing is settled until Wanda (Anna Levine) shows up with two babies in tow, claiming that Bobby Jack is the father. Once rid of her ex, Emma commisserates with her friend Murphy at his drug store--and is quite surprised to discover that she's fallen in love with the older man, and he with her. Murphy's Romance is a very gentle romantic comedy; even Murphy's cast-away lady friend (Georgann Johnson) behaves like a civilized human being instead of a woman scorned.

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This pleasing romantic comedy was surprisingly light fare from director Martin Ritt. Though it contains little evidence of the social commentary of such Ritt productions as The Great White Hope or The Front, Murphy is set in the director's favorite milieu: rural America. The film's unhurried pace and genuine performances successfully capture the feel of bucolic, small-town life. James Garner earned his first Oscar nomination for a typically good-humored turn as the title character. Sally Field, who won her first Academy Award in Ritt's Norma Rae, is similarly charming.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/1994
UPC:
0043396606494
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sally Field Emma Moriarty
James Garner Murphy Jones
Brian Kerwin Bobby Jack Moriarty
Corey Haim Jake Moriarty
Dennis Burkley Freeman Coverly
Georgann Johnson Margaret
Dianne Crittenden Actor
Michael Firel Clerk
Marian Gibson Mrs. Abbott
Paul E. Pinnt Auction Bidder
Ray Sharkey Larry Le Beau
Ilene Starger Actor
Dortha Duckworth Bessie
Michael Prokopuk Albert
Michael Crabtree Jim Forrest
Anna Levine Wanda
Charles Lane Amos Abbott
Bruce French Rex Boyd
John C. Becher Jesse Pinker
Henry Slate Fred Hite
Tom Rankin Ben
Peggy McCay Mrs. Willis
Carole King Tillie
Ted Gehring Auctioneer
Joshua Ravetch Henry Bass
C. Ray Cook Voice at Bingo Game
Eugene Cochran Jonas
Gene Blakely Lucius Holt
Sherry Lynn Amorosi Doris
Patricia Ann Willoughby Lil
Mike Casper Hay Trucker
Hugh Burritt Kid in Car Crash
Art Royer Clerk
Irving Ravetch Customer
Michael Hungerford Auction Bidder
John Higgenbotham Boy at Barbecue
Drasha Meyer Ice Cream Lady
Ron Nix Auction Bidder
Johnny Ray Anthony Auction Bidder

Technical Credits
Martin Ritt Director,Producer
Dennis Dion Special Effects
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Harriet Frank Screenwriter
Rick T. Gentz Set Decoration/Design
Lee C. Harman Makeup
George Justin Associate Producer
Steve Kelso Stunts
Irving Ravetch Screenwriter
Ken Rinker Choreography
Joel Schiller Production Designer
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Van Wyck Associate Producer
Laura Ziskin Producer

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