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Murphy's Romance Details


Newly divorced Emma Moriarty (Sally Field) moves herself and her young son to a small Arizona town, hoping to establish a horse farm. Town pharmacist Murphy Jones (James Garner), the town's most eligible bachelor, develops a platonic friendship with Emma, but he decides to keep his distance when her ex-husband Bobby Jack (Brian Kerwin), who claims he's changed his irresponsible ways, moves back in with her. At a party at Emma's ranch, Murphy and Bobby Jack get into a verbal row, but nothing is settled until Wanda (Anna Levine) shows up with two babies in tow, claiming that Bobby Jack is the father. Once rid of her ex, Emma commisserates with her friend Murphy at his drug store--and is quite surprised to discover that she's fallen in love with the older man, and he with her. Murphy's Romance is a very gentle romantic comedy; even Murphy's cast-away lady friend (Georgann Johnson) behaves like a civilized human being instead of a woman scorned. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 1985


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Garner Best Actor 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William A. Fraker Best Cinematography 1985 Nominee


Sally Field
as Emma Moriarty
James Garner
as Murphy Jones
Brian Kerwin
as Bobby Jack Moriarty
Corey Haim
as Jake Moriarty
Dennis Burkley
as Freeman Coverly
Georgann Johnson
as Margaret
Eugene Cochran
as Jonas
Anna Levine
as Wanda
Art Royer
as Clerk
Michael Hungerford
as Auction Bidder
John Higgenbotham
as Boy at Barbecue
Dortha Duckworth
as Bessie
Ilene Starger
Irving Ravetch
as Customer
Marian Gibson
as Mrs. Abbott
Gene Blakely
as Lucius Holt
Drasha Meyer
as Ice Cream Lady
Michael Prokopuk
as Albert
Carole King
as Tillie
Joshua Ravetch
as Henry Bass
Charles Lane
as Amos Abbott
Bruce French
as Rex Boyd
Ray Sharkey
as Larry Le Beau
Peggy McCay
as Mrs. Willis
Michael Crabtree
as Jim Forrest
Tom Rankin
as Ben
Henry Slate
as Fred Hite
Ted Gehring
as Auctioneer
Paul E. Pinnt
as Auction Bidder
Hugh Burritt
as Kid in Car Crash
Dianne Crittenden


Martin Ritt
Martin Ritt
Laura Ziskin
Harriet Frank, Jr.
Max Schott
Book Author
Irving Ravetch
William A. Fraker
Joel Schiller
Production Designer
George Justin
Associate Producer
Jim Van Wyck
Associate Producer
Joe Tompkins
Costume Designer
Dennis Dion
Special Effects
Steve Kelso
Ken Rinker
George Justin
Unit Production Manager
Carole King
Musical Performer