The Razor's Edge (1984)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  19 October 1984 (USA)
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He had everything and wanted nothing. He learned that he had nothing and wanted everything. He saved the world and then it shattered. The path to enlightenment is as sharp and narrow as a razor's edge.



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Joseph, the Butler (as Andre Maranne)
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Serge Feuillard ...
Joris Stuyck ...
Helen Horton ...
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Larry Darrell returns from the battlefields of World War I to America a different person. His fiance (Isabel) resigns herself to a delay in the wedding plans when Larry heads off to Paris. There he finds he prefers a simpler existence and begins to read. One book inspires him to visit India and on to Nepal where he finds spiritual help from a lama. On returning to Paris he finds Isabel and some old friends. Everyone has changed. Written by Rob Hartill

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The story of one man's search for himself.


Drama | Romance | War


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19 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf Messers Schneide  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)


$6,600,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


While he was thinking of making a film adaptation of The Razor's Edge, John Byrum gave a copy of the novel to his friend, Bill Murray. Byrum got a phone call the next morning at 4AM from Murray saying, "This is Larry. Larry Darrell." See more »


Larry Darrell: It's easy to be a holy man on top of a mountain.
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Referenced in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Is Bad at Math! (2015) See more »

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A Dreamer's Story
27 April 2004 | by (lima, new york) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it was released in 1984. Being a big Bill Murray fan drew me to it and the story did the rest. It was my first year in college and I dreamed of running away with nothing but some books and a canvas bag. I dreamed vicariously through this movie for awhile. Who hasn't wanted to travel the world anonymously? It is the essence of life, the secret to life, that is held in the dream that Mr. Murray must have had at some point in his lifetime that drove him to make this movie.

For all you naysayers out there: Movies don't have to be perfect. Some can be appreciated for the trash quality (Wild Things), some for crassness (Something About Mary), and others for a single scene (Saving Private Ryan). This movie is for dreamers who don't give a fck what everyone else is doing.

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