Murphy's Law (film)

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Murphy's Law
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Produced by Pancho Kohner
Written by Gail Morgan Hickman
Starring Charles Bronson
Kathleen Wilhoite
Carrie Snodgress
Robert F. Lyons
Richard Romanus
Angel Tompkins
Bill Henderson
James Luisi
Lawrence Tierney
Christopher Stanley
Music by Marc Donahue
Valentine McCallum
Edited by Peter Lee-Thompson
Charles Simmons
Distributed by Cannon Films
Release dates
  • April 18, 1986 (1986-04-18) (U.S.)
Running time 100 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8 million[1]
Box office $9,947,631 (USA)[1]

Murphy's Law is a 1986 thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson from a screenplay by Gail Morgan Hickman. It was released by Cannon Films to the United States on April 18, 1986. The film stars Charles Bronson and Kathleen Wilhoite in lead roles with a supporting cast that includes Carrie Snodgress, Robert F. Lyons, and Richard Romanus.

Plot[edit]

Jack Murphy (Bronson), a hardened, antisocial LAPD detective, frequently escapes the harsh reality that his ex-wife (Angel Tompkins) has become a stripper and his career is going nowhere by drinking. His world is turned upside down, however, when he is framed by ex-convict Joan Freeman (Carrie Snodgress) for putting her in prison earlier in his career.

Freeman murders the detective's ex-wife and begins killing off his associates while framing him for the crimes. The same police force he works for places him under arrest with Arabella McGee (Kathleen Wilhoite), a foul-mouthed petty thief he locked away. Murphy escapes from jail while still handcuffed to McGee and they pursue the real killer. While in pursuit of Freeman, who has managed to kill all of those on her hit list save Murphy, Arabella is kidnapped by Freeman and taken to the building where she was first arrested by Murphy. Murphy calls for reinforcement and is met with skepticism. Murphy heads off to rescue Arabella, in the building he is stalked by Freeman who is armed with a crossbow. Meanwhile Arabella is tied in the bottom of an elevator shaft. The cop following Murphy arrives and draws his gun on Murphy and reveals that he is dirty and working for a mob boss named Vincenzo, whose brother was killed by Murphy. Freeman quickly dispatches the cop with an arrow. Vincenzo tires of wait and he and his two body guard enter the building posing another threat to Murphy. Murphy easily dispatches the two body guards before goading Vincenzo to try and kill him himself. Vincenzo attacks Murphy but Murphy shoots him dead. Freeman sends the elevator down in an attempt to kill Arabella. Murphy saves her just in the nick of time. But Freeman fires an arrow into Arabella's back goading Murphy into a confrontation. She attacks Murphy with an axe and he knocks her over the railing of the staircase on the top floor. She manages to take hold of the axe which is wedged in the railing. She tries to get Murphy to help her. He stands and watches as she begins to slip. She yells at him to go to hell, he responds ladies first. With that she slips and falls to her death. Murphy is loaded into the back of an ambulance with a still alive Arabella, and they head off to the hospital.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Murphy's Law currently holds a three star rating (5.6/10) on IMDb.[2] It is not yet reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes.[3]

Score[edit]

Murphy's Law includes music by Marc Donahue and Valentine McCallum. It was photographed by Alex Phillips Jr.

External sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andrew Yule, Hollywood a Go-Go: The True Story of the Cannon Film Empire, Sphere Books, 1987 p189
  2. ^ Murphy's Law at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Murphy's Law at Rotten Tomatoes

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