Murphy's Romance

Murphy's Romance

Murphy's Romance is a 1985 American romantic-comedy film directed by Martin Ritt. The screenplay by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch was based on the 1980 novella by Max Schott. The film stars Sally Field, James Garner, Brian Kerwin, and Corey Haim, and was produced by Laura Ziskin for Field's production company Fogwood Films.


Emma Moriarty is a 33-year-old, divorced mother who moves to a rural Arizona town to make a living by training and boarding horses. She becomes friends with the town's pharmacist, Murphy Jones, an idiosyncratic widower. A romance between them seems unlikely because of Murphy's age and because Emma allows her ex-husband, Bobby Jack Moriarty, to move back in with her and their 12-year-old son Jake.

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    contentLocation Arizona
    director Martin Ritt
    editor Sidney Levin
    genre comedy romance
    keywords divorced mother train
    musicBy Carole King
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Cinematography
    producer Laura Ziskin
    productionCompany Fogwood Films
    publisher Columbia Pictures
    recordedAt Arizona
    theme romantic comedy