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The Razor's Edge (1984)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 19 October 1984 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Faith Brook ...
André Maranne ...
Joseph, the Butler (as Andre Maranne)
Bruce Boa ...
Serge Feuillard ...
Joris Stuyck ...
Helen Horton ...
Red Cross lady


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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Release Date:

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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Byrum and Murray wrote the screenplay over the course of 18 months while driving around the United States. See more »


Larry Darrell: It's very easy to love someone like you.
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Remake of The Razor's Edge (1946) See more »

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Very well done

This adaptation of Somerset Maugham's novel is wonderful in so many ways. The dialogue is well written, the actors and actresses involved are excellent and believable in their roles, and the screenplay is spiritually faithful to the novel.

Theresa Russel is a gem in this movie, as the troubled Sophie, but it is Bill Murray's portrayal of Larry that truly stands out here ... mainly because, as far as I know, this is his only non-comedic role.

One of the best movies I've seen!

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