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Murphy's Romance

Sally Field , Georgann Johnson , Martin Ritt    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Director Martin Ritt (Norma Rae) helmed this offbeat romance that earned costar James Garner an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a widowed druggist who befriends a confused divorcee (Sally Field) and her son, who move to a small rural town to start over. The laid-back performance of Garner as a man finding love "for the last time in his life" contrasts wonderfully with Field's portrayal of a woman scared and unsure of what the future may hold for her, and the two of them together exhibit great comic timing. As well written and as deftly performed as any movie of its type, Murphy's Romance will rope you in with its winning style. --Robert Lane

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5.0 out of 5 stars Open your eyes to an exquisite film May 8 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I cannot add much more praise than what has been said about this film, but I would advise film students, film instructors, and screenplay writers and teachers to study this film and add a proviso to their pedagogy that great filmmaking cannot BE TAUGHT. Imagine how many film schools, film students, and books on filmmaking and screenplays have been churned out since the nearly two decades that this film was produced, and ask yourself the question, why don't films today measure up the quiet brilliance of this fabulous work. The answer is plain. Inspired filmmaking, directing, acting, and genuine love for the medium and the audience cannot be taught or bought. Take my simple test: read and study Robert Mckee, Syd Field, etc., go get your M.F.A. in filmmaking and go out and make your film. If it's even close to the quality of this film, I'll eat my DVD player. Like a rock music addict's ears that have been damaged by loud music and can't distinguish the nuances of sound, our post-millenium sensibilities have numbed us to the nature of cinematic, albiet commercial art. To paraphrase Alan Paton, "Cry the Beloved Medium."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, funny, wonderful May 4 2003
I probably wouldn't be too off base to assume that I'm one of the youngest, if not the youngest, person to submit a review for "Murphy's Romance". Not too many people under 20 years of age have heard of it, and that is a shame. It's probably one of the ten best love stories of all time. And it's not spectacular in its scale, not bogged down with style, and not given to flights of fancy that promote Oscar bait monologues. "Murphy's Romance" is, on the other hand, simply... simple, realistic, loving of its characters, and full of wit that gives the film a sense of style not encased in camera work. It also has one of my favorite characters in any movie ever: Murphy Jones, played with the kind of wit, charm, and life you see expressed by very few actors by James Garner. Murphy is not just the title character, but he is the delicate string that holds the entire movie together. His expressions in every scene display the wisdom and slyness of his character, and the way he looks at the Sally Field character should be an acting template for any actor playing in a love story: He gazes at her; he doesn't stare. He doesn't search her eyes for answers to corny questions. There is nothing cliched about this character. He's just real.
The plot of the film is a simple one. Movies like this are never really about their plots so much as they are about their characters. Emma Moriarty is a single mom who grew up on a farm, knows horses and hard work, and who moves out to the country to fix up a ramshackle old house and barn to start a business of boarding and training horses. Her son Jake is played by 80s child star Corey Haim, who plays his role somberly as a boy who misses his dad and is kind of clueless as to the workings of this new life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Flick For The Whole Family!! Aug. 8 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Everybody should love this movie! This is, pure and simple....a movie that is PURE and SIMPLE! And we should all bask in its simplicity! A breath of completely fresh air! We need more films like this one. It is excellent....even after 25 viewings! How COULD it be anything else but wonderful with these two charming leads....James Garner and Sally Field (two of my all-time favorites)! I love how the characters seem to really enjoy the every day things life has to offer .... Going to the movies, a bingo game, a ride in Murphy's old car, root beer floats, corned beef hash, the North Star [a nice moment in the film]. Aside from a couple of swear words, it's a good, clean movie. Probably the last of its kind. So enjoy it! My favorite Murphy dialogue...."I don't know why Emma took you in in the first place. I'd bed you down with the dogs. And I'll tell you something else mister...you might be a lot younger and stronger than I am, but you're about to get your a** kicked from here to the state line. And I'm wearing the boots that can do it!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Garner meets a Field of dreams March 27 2003
Well, nobody got shot, nothing got blown up, there's no nudity or excessive swearing. Then how could this be one of the greatest sleeper movies of the late 20th century? Nobody seems to know, but it is.
What is known is that charming James Garner (Maverick) meets sweet Sally Field (Gidget), and all heaven breaks loose. Together these two seasoned pros are pure magic, and every precious moment has thankfully been preserved on widescreen DVD.
So if you and your significant other want to take a break from the currrent crop of bad buddy pictures, boring biographies, slasher sludge, way too talky chick flicks about rich guys picking up poor women, or those endless prom films where 27-year-olds regularly play 17-year-olds, then this one is the ticket.
Murphy's Romance is the kind of stuff that pleasant (movie) dreams are made of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murphys Romance Oct. 3 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is a wonderful heartwarming movie. It always brings a smile to my face. One of my favorite feel good movies. Sally Field is a divorced woman trying to start over with her son, in a small town. The people in the town are imteresting, but the most interesting,(and sexy) one is Murphy the "town oddball" and pharmacist. Who when he gets pushed... pushes back. Emma (Sally Field) is trying to get a horse boarding facility off the ground and is helped by Murphy. Romance is in the air.
Emma's ex-husband returns, and it is wonderful to watch Murphy cut him down to size. Murphy is wonderful. With the twinkle in his eye and wonderful smile, you can't help but like him....and this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie / Great Seller
Thank you so very, very much for Murphy's Romance DVD.
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Published 1 month ago by Pamela B.
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight
Always enjoy James Garner and this is a delightful story. Good acting, touching and fun. Wish more movies like this were made these days.
Published 11 months ago by Diana Esmits
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it.
It's a great movie. Romantic storyline with a country theme and no blood and guts. I love watching "Mr Rockford Files"
Published 19 months ago by Harry Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, warmhearted story.
JAMES GARNER!! SALLY FIELD!! A quiet, sweet story about relationships and self esteem, without letting you know that's what it's about at all.
Published 20 months ago by Laurie Henthorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Murphy is a character to look up to in a great film.
James Garner as Murphy is smart, confident, capable, wise and one class act. He is truly one of the greatest characters of all-time. Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and relaxed
This is one of my favorite movies. James Garner and Sally Field are just great, the writing is very good (Garner's lines are just great), the pacing is relaxed but not slow, and... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by Michael H. Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars murphys romance
A sweet happy ever after romance that everyone should watch. It's a delight to watch a film that doesn't have sex or violence in it but a hopeful and fullfiling movie that every... Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars how could you not like it??
i first viewed this movie at the tender age of 12 and though i wasn't aware of the slight sexual undertones of the movie at the time i was aware of the fact that it was a good... Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002 by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars A true sleeper!!
This movie is a bit on the slow side but the pace increases later in the movie. Tremendous acting by James Garner & Sally Field. Even the supporting cast is fabulous. Read more
Published on April 12 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet, sappy, unadulterated fun!!
though a sleeper at the box office, this movie is one of my all time favorite films! with a superb cast, headed by sally fields and james garner, and a great soundtrack by carole... Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2002 by "kazegiovanni"
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