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W. Somerset Maugham (novel)
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Release Date:
19 October 1984 (USA) See more »
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The story of one man's search for himself.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Bill Murray ... Larry Darrell

Theresa Russell ... Sophie MacDonald

Catherine Hicks ... Isabel Bradley

Denholm Elliott ... Elliott Templeton

James Keach ... Gray Maturin

Peter Vaughan ... Mackenzie

Brian Doyle-Murray ... Piedmont
Stephen Davies ... Malcolm

Saeed Jaffrey ... Raaz
Faith Brook ... Louisa Bradley (Isabel's mother)
André Maranne ... Joseph, the Butler (as Andre Maranne)
Bruce Boa ... Henry Maturin
Serge Feuillard ... Coco
Joris Stuyck ... Bob MacDonald
Helen Horton ... Red Cross lady
Michael Fitzpatrick ... Tyler
Robert Manuel ... Albert (as Roberet Manuel)
Sam Douglas ... Man At Kissing Booth
Nora Connolly ... Governess
Jeff Harding ... Brian Ryan
Richard Oldfield ... Doug Van Allen
Gordon Sterne ... Doctor
Mary Larkin ... Nun
Christopher Muncke ... Kevin
Russell Sommers ... Party Guest
John Moreno ... French Detective
Hugo Bower ... French Detective
Abbie Shilling ... Priscilla Maturin, daughter
Cassie Shilling ... Joan Maturin, daughter
Jean-François Soubielle ... Communist Vendor
Claude Le Saché ... Morgue Attendant (as Claude Le Sache)

Caroline John ... Mrs. Mackenzie
Daniel Chatto ... Wounded French Soldier
Louis Sheldon ... Wounded French Soldier
Kunchuck Tharching ... Lama
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Lucien Morgan ... Polo Player

Derek Lyons ... Second Man at Kissing Booth (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Byrum 
 
Writing credits
W. Somerset Maugham (novel)

John Byrum (screenplay) and
Bill Murray (screenplay)

Produced by
Harry Benn .... producer
Rob Cohen .... executive producer
Jason Laskay .... associate producer
Robert P. Marcucci .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Hannan 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Boyle 
 
Production Design by
Philip Harrison 
 
Art Direction by
Malcolm Middleton 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart Rose 
Ian Whittaker 
 
Costume Design by
Shirley Russell 
 
Makeup Department
Nick Forder .... assistant makeup artist
George Frost .... makeup supervisor
Mike Jones .... hair stylist
Mike Lockey .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Atul Bhasin .... unit manager: India
John Comfort .... production supervisor
Sudesh Syal .... production manager: India
Serge Touboul .... production manager: France
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laurent Brégeat .... assistant director: France (as Laurent Bregeat)
Ray Corbett .... assistant director
Kieron Phipps .... second assistant director
Kanwal Swaroop .... assistant director: India
 
Art Department
Terry Apsey .... construction manager
George Ball .... property master
Jean-Pierre Bazerolle .... set dresser: France
Arun Joglekar .... property master: India
Robert Le Corre .... prop buyer: France
John Max Lobo .... assistant art director: India
Bryn Siddall .... production buyer
Marcel Simeon .... construction manager: France
Saba Zaidi .... set decorator: India
Lawrie Ayres .... stand-by prop maste: location only (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rene Borisewitz .... sound recordist
Stan Fiferman .... dialogue editor
Leslie Hodgson .... supervising sound editor (as Les Hodgson)
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Don White .... foley recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects supervisor
Neil Corbould .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Brayham .... stunt arranger
Jason White .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Bisioli .... electrical gaffer: France
Colin Davidson .... focus puller
Dewi Humphreys .... camera operator
Simon Mills .... clapper loader: second unit
Brian Smith .... best boy
Micky Thomas .... gaffer (as Michael Thomas)
Pradeep Wal .... camera operator: India
 
Casting Department
Elizabeth Desouches .... casting: France (as Betty Desouches)
Jacqueline Perpere .... extras casting: France
Jennifer Shull .... casting: USA
Maude Spector .... casting: UK
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Burtenshaw .... assistant costume designer
Catherine Halloran .... wardrobe supervisor
Michael Jeffery .... wardrobe master (as Michael Jeffrey)
Aperna Kasara .... wardrobe master: India (as Aperna Katara)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Dennis McTaggart .... assistant film editor
Simon Harris .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Stanley Black .... conductor
Curt Sobel .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nassar Abdulla .... location manager: India (as Nasser Abdulla)
Jacqueline Benloulou .... accountant: France
Peter Elford .... location manager
Nathalie Farjon .... production assistant: France
Jean-François Geneix .... location manager: France
Subsash Gupia .... accountant: India
Sally Jones .... continuity
Sudhir Krishna .... unit doctor: India (as Dr. Sudhir Krishna)
Bobby Marcucci .... production assistant
Joyce Turner .... production assistant
Gerry Wheatley .... production accountant
 
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Runtime:
128 min
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Color (Rankcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Gielgud was considered for the role of Elliott Templeton.See more »
Quotes:
Mackenzie:You've never read The Upanishads? You don't know so much... you really don't know anything do you?See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Razor's Edge (1946)See more »

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31 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
One of my all-time faves, 3 March 2004
Author: Rick Berger

I was prepared to hate this movie, when I first rented it. It was a 'curiosity pick': I liked the title, I didn't have anything else in mind, and my thought was, of course, "Bill Murray!?"

It turned out to be one of my all-time favorite movies in the 'character-transformation' genre.

It's a compelling story of choices in life and how those choices affect or disaffect perceptions of that life. Murray is perfection in this role, because we seem him change from something we recognize to something quite different. It is a palpable and comprehensible transformation - the movie draws us in, it allows us to change with him.

The rest of the characters are well cast and provide definitive counterpoint to the protagonist - the bon-vivant aristocratic uncle Elliot who simply lives his life appreciatively, the unthinking and manipulative Isabel concerned only with her own comforts and social standing, the uncertain Sophie that allows her uncertainty to trap and destroy her, the practical yet contemplative Raaz who challenges Darrell's notion of things, constructively, and leads him to further his quest. Good character development, all around.

Finally, I was impressed with the faithfulness to the book. It's difficult for a movie to be that, and still be an watchable movie.

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