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Murphy's Law (1986)

An action-packed thriller starring Charles Bronson as Jack Murphy, a cop who is running to stay alive long enough to even the score with his wife's killer.

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J. Lee Thompson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Jack Murphy
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Arabella McGee
Carrie Snodgress ... Joan Freeman
Robert F. Lyons ... Art Penney
Richard Romanus ... Frank Vincenzo
Angel Tompkins ... Jan
Bill Henderson ... Ben Wilcove
James Luisi ... Ed Reineke
Clifford A. Pellow Clifford A. Pellow ... Lieutenant Nachman
Janet MacLachlan ... Dr. Lovell
Lawrence Tierney ... Cameron
Jerome Thor Jerome Thor ... Judge Kellerman
Mischa Hausserman Mischa Hausserman ... Dave Manzarek
Cal Haynes Cal Haynes ... Reese
Hans Howes ... Santana
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Storyline

Charles Bronson plays Jack Murphy a veteran police detective who is framed for the murder of his ex-wife. Although taken into custody, Murphy escapes from the police station handcuffed to a foul-mouthed car thief. Pursued by the police, Murphy must find the real killer before it is too late. Written by Michael A Kortt <mkortt@metz.une.edu.au>

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Taglines:

He's a cop, She's a thief, together they're running for their lives See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ley de Murphy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,388,907, 20 April 1986

Gross USA:

$9,947,631

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,947,631
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Apollonia Kotero was one of the actresses that was up for the role of Arabella McGee. See more »

Goofs

Murphy and Arabella leave Murphy's friend's cabin (right before he's murdered by Joan Freeman) and that very evening, Arabella sees a newspaper with the heading "Escaped Cop Kills Again". The newspaper even writes that Arabella is his accomplice. However, there's no reason for the police to assume that the murderer was Murphy. Joan Freeman shoots the victim with his own rifle, not Murphy's gun. Moreover, it's highly implausible that the police could even know about a murder in a very remote cabin in the woods, make inquiries and somehow mark Murphy as a suspect, and get the story into the evening papers, all in the space of a few hours. See more »

Quotes

Joan Freeman: Go to Hell!
Jack Murphy: Ladies first.
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Soundtracks

Murphy's Law
Written and Performed by Paul McCallum, Kathleen Wilhoite and John Bisharat
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Don't 'mess' with Jack Murphy!
18 May 2008 | by legendaryunderdogSee all my reviews

I found this Charles Bronson/J. Lee Thompson film combo to be not so bad after all. Bronson plays tough as nails detective/cop Jack Murphy who lost his wife and now has a big drinking problem. Along the way through his travels he runs into a very mouthy young lady who eventually becomes friendly with him. The action is all there along with some rare Bronson dark-humor as well. It seems as though somebody is getting revenge on Bronson and his cronies for an unfortunate incident that had happened years prior. Very well done movie, I thought at times it was a little cheesy (I keep forgetting that this flick was from 1986). Not bad at all. Definitely a rating or two (or three) higher than Director Thompson and Bronsons next film combo 'Death Wish 4 : The Crackdown'. It is worth a viewing. 7 out of 10 stars will definitely do.


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