Murphy's Romance (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 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.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


James Garner
as Murphy Jones
Sally Field
as Emma Moriarty
Corey Haim
as Jake Moriarty
Brian Kerwin
as Bobby Jack Moriarty
Dennis Burkley
as Freeman Coverly
Billy Ray Sharkey
as Larry Le Beau
Michael Crabtree
as Jim Forrest
Ray Sharkey
as Larry Le Beau
Charles Lane
as Amos Abbott
Bruce French
as Rex Boyd
John C. Becher
as Jesse Pinker
Henry Slate
as Fred Hite
Peggy McCay
as Mrs. Willis
Ted Gehring
as Auctioneer
Joshua Ravetch
as Henry Bass
Gene Blakely
as Lucius Holt
Mike Casper
as Hay Trucker
Hugh Burritt
as Kid in Car Crash
C. Ray Cook
as Voice at Bingo Game
Art Royer
as Clerk
Marian Gibson
as Mrs. Abbott
Michael Hungerford
as Auction Bidder
Ron Nix
as Auction Bidder
Johnny Ray Anthony
as Auction Bidder
Paul E. Pinnt
as Auction Bidder
John Higgenbotham
as Boy at Barbecue
Drasha Meyer
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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