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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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A Truly Exceptional Movie and All Time Favorite See more (104 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

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 (Rankcolor)
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2.20 : 1 See more »
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Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
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Trivia:
John Gielgud was considered for the role of Elliott Templeton.See more »
Quotes:
Larry Darrell:You just don't get it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Razor's Edge (1946)See more »

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42 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
A Truly Exceptional Movie and All Time Favorite, 17 June 2001
Author: Michael Russell (michael_russell@hotmail.com) from El Paso, Texas

If you are an intelligent viewer who is looking for a significant and possibly mind expanding movie event then `The Razor's Edge' is for you. It has remained one of my favorite films for fifteen years, and I have owned it and replayed it many times. If you look at the viewer feedback for this film you will find that the vast majority of people rate is as `Excellent' movie (29% of IMDB viewers give it a perfect `10/10' rating). Those who fail to see it's qualities can be divided fairly equally into the `don't get it' camp (Unlike the typical Hollywood lowest denominator flicks, the minimum IQ for viewing is Razor's Edge is probably at least 100, and that leaves ½ the population out), and the `disappointed' crowd, who have so typecast the star (Bill Murray) that they wanted `Caddyshack' and just can't allow him to be a serious actor. You must set aside your prejudices and give the man a chance-Bill Murray is a Harvard grad who co-wrote the screenplay-this was a labor of love for him. Just because he has a sense of humor does NOT make him a lightweight, as this film demonstrates for anyone with the eyes to see it.

Based upon the 1942 W. Somerset Maugham novel, it follows the evolution of a spoiled upper class boy from Illinois (Larry, Bill Murray), who volunteers to be an ambulance driver in WW I for a little `fun and adventure' and instead gets a dose of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). His world was forever changed by the events he experienced. He literally could not go home again after the war. He tried, and found the lives of those around him to be shallow and meaningless, and their pursuits and interests just trivial. There had to be a reason why he was here, and this sets the stage for the real point of the movie, which is an exploration of the meaning of life. (I told you it wasn't Caddyshack!)

Obsessed with these existential issues, and finding that alcohol did not make the need go away, Larry travels to Paris, and starts to read, serious books on philosophy and religion, supporting himself as a laborer. He does not care much for his surroundings-his lack of materialism is in marked contrast to his peers and friends from before, whose dreams are to grow wealthy in the stock market. As such Larry was an early Bohemian. I found this particularly poignant, realizing as I watched this movie that it foreshadowed yet another stock market boom and bust: a whole new generation of crass materialists have had their world was just as rocked by a stock market crash in 1999 as in 1929. History does repeat, and these themes are timeless. His fiancee could not deal with his `common' friends and lack of modern plumbing, and left him to marry someone she did not love but who had money. Another contrast to the shallow and materialistic, which is a recurring theme throughout the film-what brings happiness to a man?

Larry's journey took him to India, and Hindu religion, and then on to Tibet to discover Buddha-the scenes filmed there are absolutely breathtaking, so I hope you can find a letterbox laserdisc or they finally bring this out on DVD-it is worth it to see the whole screen. There is romance, and love, and loss. I won't reveal the ending, which is truly bittersweet, and a bit nihilistic. This is truly the best thing this fine actor ever accomplished, and I rate it a strong `10'. This should have won many awards, and should also be considered a true classic; I am disappointed in my fellow man that they so typecast the star that they could not see what a great contribution he made with this effort here. Not light fare, and a long film, but one worth seeing.

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