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The Razor's Edge (19-Oct-1984)

Director: John Byrum

Writers: John Byrum; W. Somerset Maugham; Bill Murray

Keywords: Drama

Remake of The Razor's Edge (1946).

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Brian Doyle-Murray
31-Oct-1945   SNL
Denholm Elliott
31-May-1922 6-Oct-1992 A Room with a View
Catherine Hicks
6-Aug-1951   Annie Camden on 7th Heaven
Saeed Jaffrey
8-Jan-1929 15-Nov-2015 My Beautiful Laundrette
James Keach
7-Dec-1947   The Long Riders
Bill Murray
21-Sep-1950   Meatballs, SNL alumnus
Theresa Russell
20-Mar-1957   Insignificance, Black Widow
Peter Vaughan
4-Apr-1923 6-Dec-2016 The Remains of the Day


Review by Rick Blackburn (posted on 26-Jun-2007)

I personally rate this as one of the best movies of all time. The book is also one of my favorite reads and I try to reread it about every 3 or 4 years. Bill bring to life the character of Larry Darrell with just the right bent of humor (though that is not the correct word). His desire to come to grips with life and himself reflects the challenge I believe each one of us faces. And he says it all at the last of the film when Isabel makes one last attempt to win him over and he say, (as best as I can recall), "You don't understand, it just doesn't matter." He comes to understand what really does matter in life and he stays true to it. A must see by anyone wanting to begin understanding life.

Review by chris (posted on 2-Sep-2005)

A remake of an earlier film based on Somerset Maugham's book. Incredible acting, Bill Murray playing a truly dramatic role is spectacular. His brother has a small part as an ambulance driver, but his character is one of those reality checks, that life, and in this case war, is not pretty. Great cinematography, on location shots of the mountain scenes are excellent. Theresa Russell is also spectacular as the drug-addicted friend of Bill Murray. This is a powerful adaptation of a difficult period in history. a must see!

Review by Jack Dolezal (posted on 19-Jul-2007)

I saw this movie with a date in the theater in late fall of 1984. I just turned 19 and was unhappy with my life. This film leveled me like a ton of bricks. I was unaware of the plot, the previews made it look like a good drama. I had no idea the effect it would have on me. I am no longer with the girl, and I would not recommend it as a date movie. It is heavy, thoughtful, and makes you look at what makes you happy. I found mine. Thank you, Bill Murray, for making this movie.

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