The Razor's Edge (1946)




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Movie Info

In this film, Tyrone Power stars as a disillusioned WWI vet, who returns from hostilities questioning his old values. To find himself, Power joins several other members of the Lost Generation in Paris. After his girlfriend commits suicide, Power seeks his true place in the scheme of things.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Lamar Trotti
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 24, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox


as Larry Darrell

as Isabel Bradley

as Elliott Templeton

as Sophie MacDonald

as Gray Maturin

as Somerset Maugham

as Mrs. Louise Bradley

as Bob MacDonald

as Miss Keith

as Joseph

as Bartender

as Specialty Dancer

as Russian Singer

as Sophie's Friend

as Police Clerk

as Flower Woman

as Matron

as Escort of Princess

as Proprietress

as Kibitzer

as Show Girl

as Show Girl

as Show Girl

as Show Girl

as Show Girl

as Hospital Telephone O...

as Customer in Sulka's

as Princess Novemali

as French Surete Man

as Hindu

as Dr. Paul Sing

as Corsican

as Mr. Maturin

as Bartender

as Trollop

as Police Inspector

as Specialty Dancer

as Sea Captain

as Sophie's Daughter

as Little Frenchman

as Concierge

as Concierge's Wife

as Trollop
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Critic Reviews for The Razor's Edge

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Edmund Goulding's version deserves crdit for trying to adapt Maugham's difficult existential movel, but Tyrone Power is miscast and the film is too melodramatic and verbose, failing to illustrate the novel's essence.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008

Goulding indulges in voluptuously lit scenes dominated by well-dressed extras, lots of carousing and booze, catty dialogue, and water fountains that upstage everybody.

Full Review… | May 15, 2005
Slant Magazine

Often pushing against Production Code limits, it is a fine execution of the novel

November 6, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Razor's Edge

This movie sounds very promising, but it wasn't as good as I expected. The story is very normal, very long, and gets boring eventually. It isn't a bad movie, it just isn't the emotional, dramatic, yet entertaining film it could have been.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


A little long but not bad. A great story too.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

An okay adaptation of Maugham. It isn't a great "returning home" film but Maugham's book does present some real challenges in terms of adaptation. A modern director likely would have been able to do the trick.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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