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Murphy's Romance

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The last thing Emma Moriarty expected to find in Eunice, Arizona, was love. So how does she wind upthe object of MURPHY'S ROMANCE? Sally Field and James Garner star in this endearing comic love story from director Martin Ritt (Norma Rae). Field plays a gutsy divorced mother eager to make it as a horse trainer on a small desert ranch. Enter the town's most eligible widower, Murphy Jones (Garner).The lovable, free-wheeling pharmacist befriends Emma and eventually comes a-courting. But just whenEmma may have found the right guy, her ne'er do well ex, Bobby Jack (Brian Kerwin), rides back intoher life. Which one of these persistent suitors will lasso the reluctant filly? Share the warmth and feel-good humor of Field, Garner and MURPHY'S ROMANCE!

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  • Actors: Sally Field, Georgann Johnson, James Garner, Brian Kerwin
  • Directors: Martin Ritt
  • Producers: Laura Ziskin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2000
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767827813
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,472 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Murphy's Romance" on IMDb

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217 of 221 people found the following review helpful By Blake the Movie Nerd on May 4, 2003
Format: DVD
I probably wouldn't be too off base to assume that I'm one of the youngest, if not the youngest, person to submit a review for "Murphy's Romance". Not too many people under 20 years of age have heard of it, and that is a shame. It's probably one of the ten best love stories of all time. And it's not spectacular in its scale, not bogged down with style, and not given to flights of fancy that promote Oscar bait monologues. "Murphy's Romance" is, on the other hand, simply... simple, realistic, loving of its characters, and full of wit that gives the film a sense of style not encased in camera work. It also has one of my favorite characters in any movie ever: Murphy Jones, played with the kind of wit, charm, and life you see expressed by very few actors by James Garner. Murphy is not just the title character, but he is the delicate string that holds the entire movie together. His expressions in every scene display the wisdom and slyness of his character, and the way he looks at the Sally Field character should be an acting template for any actor playing in a love story: He gazes at her; he doesn't stare. He doesn't search her eyes for answers to corny questions. There is nothing cliched about this character. He's just real.
The plot of the film is a simple one. Movies like this are never really about their plots so much as they are about their characters. Emma Moriarty is a single mom who grew up on a farm, knows horses and hard work, and who moves out to the country to fix up a ramshackle old house and barn to start a business of boarding and training horses. Her son Jake is played by 80s child star Corey Haim, who plays his role somberly as a boy who misses his dad and is kind of clueless as to the workings of this new life.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By JackOfMostTrades on May 8, 2004
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I cannot add much more praise than what has been said about this film, but I would advise film students, film instructors, and screenplay writers and teachers to study this film and add a proviso to their pedagogy that great filmmaking cannot BE TAUGHT if all you're going to do is emphasize the roller coaster theory of filmmaking, i.e., obstacle, solution, obstacle, solution. That's the way I was taught and it took em a long time to realize that's extremely simplistic. This would make a great anti-Hollywood Hollywood film as a sample of a wonderful and different form of filmmaking where characters are two-dimensional and situations and set-ups are contribed. why don't films today measure up the quiet brilliance of this fabulous work. The answer is plain. Inspired filmmaking, directing, acting, and genuine love for the medium and the audience cannot be taught or bought. If you can at least consider why this film is ten times better than something like "There Will Be Blood", it will have served its purpose--not that you have to agree, but at least why some people would consider a film with complex character, low-key, brilliant dialogue, and non gee-whiz cinematography is something to applaud. Yea, this film demonstrates the famous line in Sunset Boulevard that 'the films have gotten too small,' but the smallness is in their substitution for flash over substance. Some navies have complained that sailors can't pick up the sonar when they listen for undersea objects. Audiologists say it's because our eardrums have been blasted by R&R. Maybe ours have been too in the realm of filmmaking. Like a rock music addict's ears that have been damaged by loud music and can't distinguish the nuances of sound, our post-millenium sensibilities have numbed us to the nature of cinematic, albiet commercial art.
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"I show some wear. I don't deny it " says Murphy Jones, well into his fifties and widowed, to Emma Moriarty, well into her thirties and divorced with a young son. "If the fruit hangs on the tree long enough, it gets ripe. I'm durable, I'm steady and I'm faithful. And I'm in love for the last time in my life." "I'm in love for the first time in my life," Emma says. "So?" "So...stay for supper, Murphy?" "I won't do that," Murphy says, "unless I'm still here for breakfast." Emma looks at him. "How do you like your eggs," she asks.

What better Valentine Day's card than Murphy's Romance, a mature, funny and wise valentine of a movie for people fortunate enough to have found long-lasting love the first time or have been given an opportunity for a second chance. Emma (Sally Field), divorced and wanting to start a new life for herself and her son, has rented a broken-down horse ranch in Arizona where she hopes to make a living boarding and training horses. She has little money, can't get a loan and knows no one in the small, nearby town. Murphy Jones (James Garner) is the town's pharmacist. He owns the drug store on Main Street. It still has an old-fashioned soda fountain. When Emma walks in and orders a lemon Coke, he makes it the old fashioned way...Coke syrup, seltzer water and juice from a squeezed lemon. He's a friendly enough sort, realistic about things, thinks he knows people and is a little his Twenties Studebaker he keeps polished to perfection and parked right in front of the store...and he'll pay the parking fines if he has to 'cause he's not moving the car. Little by little the two of them come across each other in the small town.
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