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W. Somerset Maugham (novel)
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Release Date:
19 October 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
User Reviews:
Virtually unimprovable - 10+++ See more (106 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lucien Morgan ... Polo Player
Donovan Andy ... Boy playing horseshoe (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Second Man at Kissing Booth (uncredited)

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:
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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Trivia:
Bill Murray made a deal with Columbia Pictures that he would appear in Ghostbusters (1984) only if they financed this movie. Originally, no studio was interested in making the film until Dan Aykroyd suggested the deal to Murray. On the final day of shooting, Murray flew to New York City to start filming Ghost Busters.See more »
Quotes:
Larry Darrell:It's very easy to love someone like you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Razor's Edge (1946)See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Virtually unimprovable - 10+++, 11 August 2002
Author: (delphivagi@aol.com) from Oviedo, FL

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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