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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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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.

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Drama | Romance | War

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19 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf Messers Schneide  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,600,000 (USA)
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Scenes that were deleted from the final cut include:
  • Larry and a Red Cross nurse in an ambulance, drinking beer from a stolen barrel.


  • Larry reads a book in a seedy Paris café and sees a lesbian couple having a fistfight.


  • Larry and Gray go out drinking in Paris and talk about Isabel on the night before they are sent to the battlefield.


  • Larry tells Isabel about his quest as they stroll through a cathedral.


  • An alternative ending in which Larry is working in a factory and leads his fellow workers in a rendition of "Frère Jacques".


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Quotes

Larry Darrell: This isn't the old Mister Sunshine.
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Virtually unimprovable - 10+++
11 August 2002 | by (Oviedo, FL) – See all my reviews

Those who don't get it are perhaps the most enlightened of us all: that is exactly what this amazing movie was all about. In the end Larry's search was fruitless. No book, no bottle, no friend could provide the answer because it did not exist. Life, meaning, purpose, all of these things were succinctly, artfully and convincingly tossed aside as incidental, even distracting to the true meaning of life, which is nothingness.

Hopefully that's not too disarming, because the film is simply one of the best ever made (top ten? certainly.). It was an almost incalculable improvement over the 1946 version, which was truly awful. Murray did not preach, he showed by example, whereas the early version was like a post-WWII government instructional film on how to attain karma. Murray's performance was so subtle as even to be missed all together (in my opinion the best acting of all), whereas Power was begging you to see the light.

Please, don't miss this film, and if you don't "get it" first time around, empty your mind of distracting clutter and see it again. See it fifty times if you have to. When the message finally does come through, you'll know it was worth it.


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