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The Razor's Edge (1984)

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.

Director:

John Byrum

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (novel), John Byrum (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 André Maranne ... Joseph, the Butler (as Andre Maranne)
Bruce Boa ... Henry Maturin
Serge Feuillard Serge Feuillard ... Coco
Joris Stuyck Joris Stuyck ... Bob MacDonald
Helen Horton Helen Horton ... Red Cross lady
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf Messers Schneide See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,411,311, 21 October 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,551,987
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Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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While he was thinking of making a film adaptation of The Razor's Edge, John Byrum gave a copy of the novel to his friend, Bill Murray. Byrum got a phone call the next morning at 4 o'clock from Murray saying, "This is Larry. Larry Darrell." See more »

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[after Sophie's murder]
Larry Darrell: When Piedmont died, I had to pay him back for my life. I found out there's another debt to pay - for the privilege of being alive. I thought Sophie was my reward for trying to live a good life. Uh uh. There is no payoff - not now.
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Connections

Remake of The Razor's Edge (1946) See more »

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Hey, I loved it!
10 May 2001 | by artzauSee all my reviews

The remarks of the detractor in this array of reviews is confusing and confused. Look. I read Maugham's book in the late 40s and saw the Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb film. So what? This film was neither one but that's beauty of art, dudes. It doesn't have to. The Razor's Edge is an odyssey of a man in search of himself. The transit nature of life and the brutality of war turn him into a "superfluous" man, who goes off on a quest to find himself. We can inundate this issue with metaphors until the cows come home, but that's Maugham's story. Old Somerset, a closet homosexual who was a volunteer in the horrorific WW1 went through a similar transformation and in a way, this novel, which he began back in the 20s, reflects that journey. Murray takes the character of Larry Darrell into a new domain. Why shouldn't he? He's not Tyrone Power. He's a comedian who plays a tragic role straight. There is much in this film that makes it superior to the 40s version. A stronger statement of the tragedy of the entanglement of the two women and a more intense presentation of the character of Larry. I saw this film when it first aired and recalled a young high school kid remarking to a friend upon exiting, "Man, this is a totally awesome movie." I agree. Alas, the critics and comedy-addicted Murray fa ns didn't and it flopped. Pity. It is a totally awesome movie.


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