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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT238-BR

MURPHY'S LAW (1986) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Carrie Snodgress, Charles Bronson, Richard Romanus, Kathleen Wilhoite, Robert F. Lyons, Angel Tompkins
Directed By:  J. Lee Thompson
Composed By:  Marc Donahue, Valentine McCallum

“For Bronson’s Murphy, far more goes right than wrong…Might and right prevail, but not before nigh on a dozen reasonably inventive killings.”
– Time Out New York

“A very violent urban crime meller…too filled with extreme incident to be boring.”
– Variety

The sixth collaboration between legendary star Charles Bronson and director J. Lee Thompson, Murphy’s Law (1986) features Bronson as a hardboiled LAPD cop framed for murder by Joan Freeman (Carrie Snodgress), a vicious ex-con he originally put in prison. Going on the run – handcuffed to a foul-mouthed petty thief (Kathleen Wilhoite) – he attempts to track down Freeman even as she keeps killing his associates.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1986 / Color
100 MINUTES
RATED R

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Actress Kathleen Wilhoite and Film Historian Nick Redman / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on October 23, 2017 4:17 PM
J. Lee Thompson and Charles Bronson had a long running partnership on screen. The duo ended up making nine pictures together over the years with this being their sixth collaboration. The only other director to work with Bronson this many times was Michael Winner with whom he made seven pictures. MURPHY’S LAW was one of the last major theatrical films Bronson released and thank goodness it’s a not a bad movie.

Bronson stars as LAPD detective Jack Murphy, one of those tough cops who takes no guff and who gets the job done better than most. Unfortunately he’s going through a rough spell, separated from his wife and drinking more than he should. It’s even more uncomfortable for him knowing she works in a strip club now.

Things go from bad to worse when a psychopath Murphy helped put away is released from prison with revenge on her mind. Joan Freeman (Carrie Snodgrass) has it in her mind to take out everyone involved in the case that put her in prison ten years earlier. Her method of getting back at Murphy is to kill his wife and frame him for the murder.

Murphy is arrested and when taken to the station handcuffed to the foul mouthed girl who stole his car that he arrested earlier in the film, Arabella McGee (Kathleen Wilhoite). Knowing that the odds are against him he escapes taking McGee with him and set out to clear his name and find out who the real killer is. This sets in motion a back and forth patter between the two as they begin to respect one another the longer they’re together.

As the body count rises while Freeman continues down her path of revenge against everyone involved, the clues eventually lead Murphy to realize who’s behind it all. But no longer on the force he has to confront her on his own terms now as well as provide the evidence to clear his name.

The use of opposites chained to one another has been a plot device used before, most notably in THE DEFIANT ONES, and it works well here. Both do a great job of fleshing out their characters though Wilhoite seems to do more of that than Bronson who’s playing the type of role he’d become accustomed to at the time. Their back and forth adds a touch of humor as well as humanity to both characters.

The action is enough to keep fans of Bronson satisfied and has enough story to make it a workable film. No doubt this is not award winning material but it does show why Bronson was once the top money making film star alive at one point. It gives fans exactly what they want from one of his movies and provides enough escapism to keep everyone interested from start to finish.

Twilight Time is offering this film like they do all that they release with the best looking presentation there is or has been. Extras include an isolated score track, a commentary track featuring Wilhoite and film historian Nick Redman and the original theatrical trailer. As with all Twilight Time releases they are only making 3,000 copies so pick one up before they’re gone if you’re a Bronson fan.

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