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The Razor's Edge (1984)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 19 October 1984 (USA)
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 ... 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

Gross USA:

$6,551,987
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 Ghostbusters. See more »

Goofs

Sophie should change her look more, if she is escaping her old life. See more »

Quotes

Larry Darrell: You just don't get it.
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A True Test Film
14 October 2002 | by bwelch33See all my reviews

This is one of those films that defines the difference between a "film" and a "movie". Maugham, in print form, often drags; Murray's senses of humor and timing eschew that hurdle and make a beautiful story of growth and epiphany accessible in just two short hours.

The "test" aspect for me here is simple and a bit autocratic, if not downright arrogant as Hell; I don't want to know well anyone who does not appreciate this film.


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