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The last thing Emma Moriarty expected to find in Eunice, Arizona was love. So how does she wind up the 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 when Emma may have found the right guy, her ne'er-do-well ex, Bobby Jack (Brian Kerwin), rides back into her 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!
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Unfortunately, this sweet and homey picture which casts two very decent actors (Sally Field and Ja...
June 21, 2017
A depressing barometer of contemporary Hollywood.
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Common Sense Says
Winning, sweet-natured '80s romcom has profanity.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Murphy's Romance, made in 1985, is a warm, timeless tale of two people who've known heartbreak but strive to find joy and comfort in lives of quiet dignity and self-reliance. Their paths cross in a small Southwestern town in which familiar pleasures and simple values are readily at hand. Sally Field and James Garner (Academy Award-nominated for his lead performance) forge an easy friendship, soon complicated by events that upset the balance of their evolving bond. And at the film's core is a vulnerable young boy whose well-being matters to them both. The film's PG-13 rating is based on profanity: one "f--k," several uses of "s--t," and a smattering of other salty language such as "goddamn," "pissing," "banging," and "ass." A brief scene from a horror movie is shown: A woman is knifed; bloodcurdling screams accompany the action. Sexuality includes kissing, embracing, a man trying to seduce his ex-wife, a nude man seen from behind as he enters a shower, and some references to one's "sex life." People drink beer in social situations; one man drinks whiskey from a bottle and later appears to be drunk. Still, despite those cautions, this is a film that values strong moral behavior and has excellent role models at its heart.
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama
- Release Date:December 25, 1985
- Audio Format:Stereo
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