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The Razor's Edge

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Overview

In this Bill Murray-driven remake of the 1946 Tyrone Power film, Murray plays the lead, Larry Darrel, a World War I survivor who takes off on a foreign trek to discover the meaning of his life. Apparently Murray said he'd film Ghostbusters only if Columbia would let him do Razor's Edge.
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Overview

In this Bill Murray-driven remake of the 1946 Tyrone Power film, Murray plays the lead, Larry Darrel, a World War I survivor who takes off on a foreign trek to discover the meaning of his life. Apparently Murray said he'd film Ghostbusters only if Columbia would let him do Razor's Edge.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/1998
  • UPC: 043396604100
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Larry Darrell
Theresa Russell Sophie
Catherine Hicks Isabel
Denholm Elliott Elliott Templeton
James Keach Gray Maturin
Peter Vaughan Mackenzie
Stephen Davies Malcolm
Saeed Jaffrey Raaz
Andre Maranne Joseph
Bruce Boa Henry Maturin
Hugo Bower French Detective
Faith Brook Louisa Bradley
Daniel Chatto Wounded French Soldier
Nora Connolly Governess
Sam Douglas Man at Kissing Booth
Brian Doyle-Murray Piedmont
Serge Feuillard Coco
Michael Fitzpatrick Tyler
Jeff Harding Brian Ryan
Helen Horton Red Cross Lady
Mary Larkin Nun
Claude LeSache Morgue Attendant
Robert Manuel Albert
John Moreno French Detective
Christopher Muncke Kevin
Richard Oldfield Doug Van Allen
Louis Sheldon Wounded French Soldier
Jennifer Shull
Russell Sommers Party Guest
Gordon Sterne Doctor
Joris Stuyck Bob MacDonald
Technical Credits
John Byrum Director, Screenwriter
Harry Benn Producer
Peter Boyle Editor
Rob Cohen Executive Producer, Producer
Ray Corbett Asst. Director
Peter Hannan Cinematographer
Philip Harrison Production Designer
Jason Laskay Associate Producer
Robert Marcucci Producer
W. Somerset Maugham Source Author
Malcolm Middleton Art Director
Bill Murray Screenwriter
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Stuart Rose Set Decoration/Design
Shirley Russell Costumes/Costume Designer
Serge Touboul Production Designer
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    For the adventurous out there...

    This was an interesting experience from Hollywood regarding the impact of war on young men in the USA of the past, based on a novel. The performances by the entire cast were excellent, but the script was uneven. You will not feel as if you've wasted your time, but the total effect is only so-so.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Razor's Edge

    The Razor's Edge (1984 version) is a great film. Based on the classic novel by W. Somerset Maugham, it portrays the spiritual journey of a man after his experience on the battlefields of World War I as an ambulance driver. The film has a wonderful musical score,(Jack Nitzsche) beautiful cinematography, and top notch acting, by Bill Murray, Theresa Russell, Denholm Elliott, Catherine Hicks, and Stacy Keach. Bill Murray should have been given much more acclaim for his work on this film. He makes the lead character, Larry Darrell, real. Although criticized in the '80's, by 'vicious little minds', Murray comes through. Why can't spiritual realization be 'funny', at least some of the time? Self-discovery and spiritual awareness are interiorized anyway; usually only the eyes of the person show it. His quiet, subtle, and humorous 'journey', is honest. A gem of a performance and movie, worth owning the DVD. With a background in Literature, I want to read the novel again after watching this film. That says a lot for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All That's Missing Is Tyrone Power

    A beautiful haunting score that stays with you years afterward. Beautiful photography, and exotic locations. Plus Delholm Elliot and Theresa Russell. The script has more depth to the characters than the 1946 original...BUT....with all this going for it, all that's missing to make this a great movie is Tyrone Power.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Razor's Edge falls off the edge

    Missing the tone of the book almost entirely, this boring re-make of the 1946 classic and novel by Somerset Maugham stars a badly mis-cast Bill Murray in the lead role. Don't take my word for it, the studio didn't want him to do it either, but this was during the Ghostbusters era and Murray had the power at the time to greenlight anything he wanted to do because of his box office status. Unfortunately, he forced this ill-conceived project into production. He's become a great character actor in recent years but this film, while well intentioned, is a disaster. Katherine Hicks and Denholm Elliot are wonderful actors but also miscast. None have the weight needed to pull off unsympathetic characters like these. See the original with Tyrone Power or read the book. You can thank me later for saving two plus hours of your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best forgotten films

    Based on Somerset Maughan's classic novel about innocence, war and the long journey to find self-meaning, this 1984 movie was panned at the time of its release but in retrospect is a great, if flawed, work. The script was developed by Bill Murray along with John Byrum, and Murray practically blackmailed the studio to let him make the movie (holding Ghostbusters up). The performances are all wonderful, especially by the now deceased Denholm Elliot and Theresa Russel as the frustratingly sad character Sophie. One other note - this film has ONE OF THE FINEST MUSICAL SCORES OF ALL TIME. If you love James Horber and John Barry, you will LOVE Jack Nitsche's incredibly moving film music. Warning: you may cry during this movie. It is worth the DVD purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm So Happy It's On DVD Now!

    I've been waiting for this DVD for a while. It's my favorite drama that stars Bill Murray. No doubt about it, seeing this movie back in High School got me through the drama of it back then. I recommend this movie especially to young people who are searching for spirituality in their life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2001

    Above all else

    Bill Murray.... is as much a part of this movie as it is a part of him... and only he can answer why.... as only Larry Darrel can. Not the typical ''BM'' movie - it will take your mind.. heart... the music will make you want to cry... the story will open you to yourself if you are unafraid and will allow it to... as Larry and Bill did. It's better than Casa Blanca..... and I love Bogie.... Bill isn't acting.. he's allowing the role to take him -as you should allow the story to ''take you''.... The original is almost as good.. but is such a departure for Bill.. it is amazing. Get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2000

    This movie is good....

    While this version of the movie has added ''comic relief'' in areas that might have been a stretch for Murray, it is an excellent movie that keeps the basic premise behind the book by Maugham. This version also gives something to viewers that wasn't provided in other movies at the time; a glimpse into N. India and TIbet. It is a beautiful lasndscape with the goal of becoming enlightened. This movie was ahead of it's time. Better than 7 Years in Tibet; this movie brings W. Somerset Maugham's novel to life. Though the main character's desires, ambitions, and story are different than the book, you will find a sense familiarity with the character played by Murray. I wish they would release it on DVD. Check it out.

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    Posted August 2, 2010

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