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Murphy's Law (1986) (1986)

Charles Bronson , Kathleen Wilhoite , J. Lee Thompson  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Kathleen Wilhoite, Carrie Snodgress, Robert F. Lyons, Richard Romanus
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Writers: Gail Morgan Hickman
  • Producers: Gail Morgan Hickman, Jill Ireland, Menahem Golan, Pancho Kohner, Yoram Globus
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZRJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Murphy's Law (1986)" on IMDb

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A killer on a rampage learns the hard way: "Don't mess with Jack Murphy!" Charles Bronson stars in this thrilling game of hide-and-seek between a clever psychopath and a lone lawman hellbent on reaping justice. Veteran detective Jack Murphy (Bronson) is suddenly a wanted man after he's framed for the murder of his ex-wife. Taken into custody by the very cops he works with, Murphy has no choice but to escape and hunt down the killer who set him up. But even as he pursues a false lead, Murphy is pursued by the real murderer a psychotic woman (Carrie Snodgress) out for revenge against those who institutionalized her ten years earlier including Murphy!

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Blankety-Blank With Jack Murphy! November 3, 2003
He throws his groceries at carjackers! He gargles mouthwash! He hates mayonaise! He's an alcoholic! He has a girl 104 years younger than him, hitting on him! His ex wife is a stipper! And he's framed for murder! He's Jack Murphy, a no nonsense cop framed for murder, trying to clear his name...tra-la, tra-la. The plot is as cliche as it can be, but this is Bronson, baby! Us devoted Bronson fans watch his films because he's in them and we all love the charm and presence he brings to the run of the mill 80s action formula. Actually, we could all care less what it's about as long as Bronson's kicking some butt and shooting people from time to time. This film is no exception and will please the diehard Bronson lover in us all. Plus, this movie's got one of the coolest villians that Bronson's been up against. This woman is crazy and dangerous as hell. In one scene she drowns some poor schmuck in a bathtub, then decides to throw a lamp in the tub for some added zing! I hate to sound repetitive, but ah, the 80s! Get Murphy's Law, brothers and sisters. It's a wonderful piece of bric-a-brac for your Bronson collection.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Bronson's best 80s flick August 1, 2003
A solid and very entertaining mid 80s Charles Bronson actioner.
Rivalled only by "The Evil That Men Do" and "10 to Midnight" for the accolade of Bronson's best movie after his 70s heyday.
I've watched this film several times and always enjoy it. Kathleen Wilhoite makes a sparkling and memorable debut and was seen recently in the first season of "24".
Bronson fans are very unlikey to be disappointed in what is - like many later Bronson pics - pretty standard good action fare elevated by the great man's personal charisma. Therefore, this film is perhaps unlikley to ensnare any new converts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars murphys law July 17, 2003
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charles bronson plays jack murphy he is trying to stop a killer jack murphy bronson is framed for murder of his wife he has no choise to escape and find the real killer the movie is full of action and thrilling game of hide and seek the movie is directed by j lee thompson and is one of bronson better older movies a must for all bronson fans
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Murphy's Law? (...) December 5, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Charles Bronson is Jack Murphy, a cop under going a bitter divorce who is framed for a series of murders. Since no one believes him, Jack busts loose to solve the crimes himself. Trouble is there is a foul mouthed girl young enough to be his granddaughter handcuffed to him. The two join forces and, as they unravel the clues, the hunters become the hunted. It's the energetic performances by the two female leads (Carrie Snodgress as the revenge seeking killer and Kathleen Wilhoite as the foul mouthed girl handcuffed to Murphy) that lift this routine thriller above the average.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Murphy's Law: If anything could possibly go wrong, it will.

Murphy's Second Law: Don't mess with Jack Murphy. (Substitute the usual word for `mess.')

Murphy's Law is a lot better than some people would have you believe. Yeah, yeah, it's a Charles Bronson film from the Eighties, a period when a lot of film enthusiasts sniffed that Bronson was little more than a stuffed dummy who phoned in his performances. Bronson is one of those actors who make condescension drip from the lips of some cineastes.

Charles Bronson was no typical Hollywood actor. He didn't have to be. With that worn-out, weary, tough face he could set a scene just by being there. Bronson was Bronson, and we knew the kind of taciturn, honest, relentless character he'd be. Bronson was a private man, kept to himself, was realistic about his talents and proud enough to deliver the goods. With all that said, you either kind of like his star movies, or at least some of them, or you kind of don't. Murphy's Law is one I like.

Jack Murphy is a police detective on the downslide. His wife, a stacked stripper at a gentlemen's club who fancies herself a dancer, has just divorced him. Murphy doesn't want to let her go, drinks himself into a stupor most nights and shows up for work with stains on his rumpled suit and bad breath. Then his wife is killed and he's arrested for her murder. Jack Murphy knows he must find out who the real murderer is, so he breaks out of jail. While he tries to identify the killer, the killer bumps off one person after another who helps Murphy or who was associated with him. Early in the movie we know who the killer is (this is no spoiler), a psycho named Joan Freeman (Carrie Snodgrass). Murphy put her behind bars ten years ago and now she's out. She's ready for some wet revenge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining late Bronson movie October 21, 2010
There's nothing terribly original or inspired about the joyously politically incorrect Murphy's Law, which sees Charles Bronson's alcoholic cop handcuffed to Kathleen Wilhoite's foul-mouthed petty criminal (who refers to him as `scrotum cheeks' among other more colourful epithets) and on the run after the murder of his stripper wife. He's innocent, of course, framed by Carrie Snodgress' weight-pumping psycho who's working her way through all the people who had her committed and a few who had her released as well ("You never should have let me out, you know. I really am crazy," she tells her probation officer before strangling her on an ill-advised home visit). You pretty much know exactly how this one's going to play out every step of the way, and yet it's still a surprisingly entertaining and even more surprisingly well-made audience picture. Bronson actually has something to act for once and responds with one of his best late performances, Wilhoite's punky foil playing off him engagingly enough for you to forgive her the truly terrible end title song while J. Lee Thompson's direction is pretty good here, elevating the picture from the uninspired production-line fodder of his last collaborations with the star. It all ends up with a silly three-way shootout in the ever-popular Bradbury Building (Blade Runner, Outer Limits, Wolf, Quantum Leap) between Bronson, a corrupt cop, some pissed-off mobsters and a crossbow-wielding harpy before a last-minute reprieve for one character you suspect originally didn't make it to the end credits until they previewed the film, but while it won't overtax your little grey cells or compliment your intelligence, it delivers the goods as an undemanding action film with surprising aplomb.

An acceptable widescreen transfer but the only extra is the trailer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My dad loves it
Published 9 days ago by tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Murphy sets out to clear his name.
I've seen this movie many times, A lot of the other actors aside from Charles Bronson in this movie I don't really remember who they are in real life &... Read more
Published 16 days ago by brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeney
If you like The Death Wish films, Kinjiti, 10 to midnight and are a Charles Bronson 80s fan then you will love this movie!,
Published 1 month ago by Evan Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars A good cop FRAMED as a COP-KILLER escapes handcuffed to a cute smart...
One of Bronson's very best movies. A veteran detective Murphy (Bronson) is framed for his ex-wife's murder. Read more
Published 2 months ago by frank camp
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME MOVIE!
Published 3 months ago by CINQUE
2.0 out of 5 stars Jack Murphy goes after a female serial killer.
Murphy's Law (1986). Rated "R". Running Time: One hour, 40 mins.
Directed by J. Lee Thompson. Written by Gail Morgan Hickman.

Side A of the disc is Widescreen. Read more
Published 4 months ago by James McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I like this movie
This movie is about a killer on a rampage. She shouldn't have messed with Murphy (Charles Bronson). It's hide-and-seek between the psychopath and Murphy who was one of the cops... Read more
Published 5 months ago by donna
1.0 out of 5 stars no good
This dvd has a region 2 encoding. It will not play on my dvd player. The dvd is useless to me. It was bought as a gift and since the return dead line has gone past, I will have to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Donald E Grogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough Dude
How I miss Charles Bronson's movies where he portrays the ultimate tough guy under control of all situations etc etc.
Published 21 months ago by Andrea
3.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Can not really rate this product because it was bought as a gift for my father who had it on his wish list
Published 21 months ago by Diana
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