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Murphy's Romance

4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sally Field, James Garner, Brian Kerwin, Corey Haim, Dennis Burkley
  • Directors: Martin Ritt
  • Writers: Harriet Frank Jr., Irving Ravetch, Max Schott
  • Producers: George Justin, Jim Van Wyck, Laura Ziskin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 16 2000
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0767827813
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,968 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The last thing Emma Moriarty expected to find in Eunice, Arizona, was love. So how does she wind upthe 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 whenEmma may have found the right guy, her ne'er do well ex, Bobby Jack (Brian Kerwin), rides back intoher 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!

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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 the theme music by Carole King is as good as you'd expect (see if you can spot King in a cameo). What makes it all work wonderfully, however, is the excellent supporting cast. Everyone is a fully realized individual, the town feels like a real community, and there's not a bad actor in the bunch. If you want a love story that's about love and not hormones, buy this DVD. You'll be glad you did.
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Thank you so very, very much for Murphy's Romance DVD.
You have no idea how happy you have made this woman.
This is my husband and my Anniversary movie and has
tremendous sentimental value.

I thank you for going above and beyond to procure a copy of
this for us after the first one got lost. I don't know how I can
express my appreciation except to say that I will use your company
as "Seller" again if and when the opportunity arises.

Thank you ;)
Pamela
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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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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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