Murphy’s Law (1986)

Murphy's Law (1986)

Taglines: They stole everything he had. Now its time to pay.

Jack Murphy (Charles 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 bound and gagged at 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.

Murphy’s Law is an American 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. The movie marks the sixth collaboration between Bronson and director J. Lee Thompson (following 1976’s St. Ives, 1977’s The White Buffalo, 1980’s Caboblanco, 1983’s 10 to Midnight, and 1984’s The Evil That Men Do).

Murphy's Law Movie Poster (1986)

Murphy’s Law (1986)

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Starring: Charles Bronson, Kathleen Wilhoite, Carrie Snodgress, Robert F. Lyons, Richard Romanus, Angel Tompkins, Janet MacLachlan, Mischa Hausserman
Screenplay by: Gail Morgan Hickman
Production Design by: William Cruse
Cinematography by: Álex Phillips Jr.
Film Editing by: Peter Lee-Thompson, Charles Simmons
Costume Design by: Shelley Komarov
Set Decoration by: Whitney Brooke Wheeler
Music by: Marc Donahue, Valentine McCallum
Distributed by: Cannon Films
Release Date: April 18, 1986