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Director: Martin Ritt     Starring: Sally Field
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40134229
UPC: 043396064997
UPC 14: 00043396064997
Category Keywords: Adventure  Recommended  Romance  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Just when you think you've found the right guy, someone even worse comes along.
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.

"...simple and charming romantic comedy...  Find-A-Video

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Mono Audio, English, Spanish, Korean

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/17/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 107 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1985
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 06499
Video UPC UPC: 00043396064997
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Brian Kerwin
Video Cast Info Corey Haim
Video Cast Info James Garner
Video Cast Info Sally Field
Video Cast Info William A. Fraker - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Martin Ritt - Director
Video Cast Info Carole King - Musical Score
Video Cast Info George Justin, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Harriet Frank, Jr. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Irving Ravetch - Screenplay
Plot 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.


Oscar (1986)
   Video Award Name James Garner, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name William A. Fraker, Nominee, Best Cinematography

Golden Globe (1986)
   Video Award Name James Garner, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
   Video Award Name Sally Field, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical

Professional Reviews

"...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

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

Find-A-Video 8 of 10
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)...

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Field,Sally
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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