: : : Murphy's Law


This thoroughly unpleasant 1986 thriller stars Charles Bronson as a cop systematically framed for one murder after another. The killings, though, turn out to be the work of a female nutcase (Carrie Snodgress) he had once sent away to prison. Everyone involved in this leans on the atrocity-and-revenge formula, particularly Bronson and director J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone), two Hollywood guys who once upon a time made plenty of classic films. Snodgress's performance is unhinged, interesting but hard to watch, as we never really got to know her onscreen after Diary of a Mad Housewife. Just think of this movie as having come from the same creepy planet as the Death Wish series. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen


Charles BronsonJack Murphy
Kathleen WilhoiteArabella McGee
Carrie SnodgressJoan Freeman
Robert F. LyonsArt Penney
Richard RomanusFrank Vincenzo
Lawrence TierneyCameron
Hans HowesSantana
Dennis HaydenSonny
Tony MonteroMax
David HaymanJack

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: J. Lee Thompson
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 100 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 18, 1986
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 4, 2003
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