Murphys Romance

Directed By: Martin Ritt Starring: Sally Field

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Product Overview

A small-town widower attempts to woo an attractive divorcee despite the omnipresence of her similarly inclined ex-husband. Special features: subtitles in english, spanish, portuguese, chinese, korean, and thai, production notes, interactive menus, talent files, theatrical trailers, scene selections and more.


Studio Sony
SKU 40134229
UPC 043396064997
UPC 14 00043396064997
Format DVD
Release Date 8/17/2010
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note A charming, low-key romantic comedy, MURPHY'S ROMANCE is full of the small pleasures missing from other pictures of its genre. James Garner, in his first Oscar-nominated performance, is the title character, Murphy. Garner lends his unique, down-home persona to the character while the film's writers endow the character with some memorable lines. Murphy's romance begins when Emma (Field) arrives in the small Arizona town where he lives. With her she brings her son Jake, and a feisty attitude. Though this sounds like a set-up from any number of other film romances, it becomes clear from their first meeting that the director, Martin Ritt, is more interested in his carefully observed setting, and in the comic flirtations between Murphy and Emma flirtations, than in making a conventional picture. In fact, some of the film's strongest comic scenes occur when the locals show off their color, including a hilarious sequence during a bingo game that showcases the amazing support cast. Of course, there is some drama and confrontation, but the focus remains on the setting and the relationship between Murphy and Emma, whose lengthy romance is the clear mark of one of the most highly enjoyable movie courtships ever seen.
Plot Summary
Summary In a small Western town, love blossoms between an unlikely pair. Emma Moriarty leaves her attractive but hopelessly irresponsible husband and heads to Arizona with her adolescent son. There she struggles to start a horse ranch with some help from Murphy Jones, an appealing oddball who is several years her senior. A mutual attraction develops, but comic complications arise when Emma's estranged spouse shows up on the ranch and tries to patch things up.
Variety "...Director Martin Ritt has just the right touch....[A] sweet and homey picture which casts two very decent actors (Sally Field and James Garner) in two very decent roles..." 12/18/1985
Martin Ritt
Sally Field
Cast & Crew
Brian Kerwin - Actor
Corey Haim - Actor
James Garner - Actor
Sally Field - Actor
William A. Fraker - Cinematographer
Martin Ritt - Director
Carole King - Musical Score
George Justin, et al. - Producer
Harriet Frank, Jr. - Screenplay
Irving Ravetch - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1985
Catalog ID 06499
UPC 00043396064997
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 107 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Oscar (1986) James Garner, Nominee, Best Actor,William A. Fraker, Nominee, Best Cinematography
Golden Globe (1986) James Garner, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical,Sally Field, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Murphy's Romance takes a whole movie to arrive at the conclusion that takes us two minutes, but that doesn't mean this is a predictable movie. The whole point of this movie is how it looks at those characters, and listens to them, and allows them to live in a specific time and place... Murphy's Romance was directed by Martin Ritt...and one of the strenghts of Murphy's Romance is the freedom he feels to simply pause, occasionally. Two examples: Listen carefully to the man who calls the bingo numbers, and the old man Murphy gives a lift to one day. They have particular voices and deliberate word choices, and they seem completely authentic. So, to a surprising degree, does the movie.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Find-A-Video
Review James Garner received an Oscar nomination for his delightful performance in this simple and charming romantic comedy. Garner plays a small-town pharmacist who romances a recently divorced mother (Sally Field), much to the dismay of her ne'er-do-well ex-husband (Brian Kerwin)...
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Mono Audio, English, Spanish, Korean
Product Attributes
Actor Field,Sally
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Find-A-Video ...simple and charming romantic comedy...

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