Murphy's Romance (1985)




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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 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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Harriet Frank Jr. / Irving Ravetch, Irving Ravetch
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 16, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Murphy Jones

as Emma Moriarty

as Jake Moriarty

as Bobby Jack Moriarty

as Freeman Coverly

as Margaret

as Larry Le Beau

as Jim Forrest

as Wanda

as Larry Le Beau

as Amos Abbott

as Rex Boyd

as Jesse Pinker

as Fred Hite

as Mrs. Willis

as Auctioneer

as Henry Bass

as Lucius Holt

as Hay Trucker

as Kid in Car Crash

as Voice at Bingo Game

as Clerk

as Mrs. Abbott

as Auction Bidder

as Auction Bidder

as Auction Bidder

as Auction Bidder

as Boy at Barbecue

as Ice Cream Lady
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Critic Reviews for Murphy's Romance

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Mildly engaging but well acted romantic melodrama, especially by James Garner, who received his first and only Best Actor Oscar nomination for playing a small-town pharmacist.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013

A quirky May-December romancer that's subtle and low key in its sweetness. Garner and Field make for an unlikely romantic tandem

June 3, 2004
Movie Eye

Audience Reviews for Murphy's Romance

Very good movie :) A nice movie to watch on a rainy day when there's nothing else to do. Gardner & Field were great in this movie :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

Year in and year out, James Garner delivers. He and Field have great chemistry in this May-December romantic comedy.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer


Delightfully old-fashioned and pleasing romantic comedy.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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