The Razor's Edge (1984)




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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.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bill Murray, John Byrum
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 20, 2002
Columbia Pictures


as Larry Darrell

as Elliott Templeton

as Gray Maturin

as Mackenzie

as Louisa Bradley

as Joseph

as Henry Maturin

as Red Cross Lady

as Albert

as Man at Kissing Booth

as Governess

as Brian Ryan

as Doug Van Allen

as Party Guest

as French Detective

as French Detective

as Priscilla Maturin

as Morgue Attendant

as Joan Maturin

as Communist Vendor

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Critic Reviews for The Razor's Edge

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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A gratifying gamble for the immersive Bill Murray

March 3, 2006

Dismal misfire by Murray trying early on for drama accolades

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for The Razor's Edge


Good intentions do not a good film make, stick with the original.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


The Razor's Edge, Bill Murray's first attempt at a serious dramatic role, was received with less than stellar reviews at the time of it's release, but it set a precedent he would follow the rest of his career. Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, the script was written by Murray and director John Byrum, with financing provided for Murray's "pet project" only on the condition that he would star in the new film, "Ghostbusters" (and in fact, shooting for Ghostbusters began immediately after wrapping The Razor's Edge). Murray stars as Larry Darrell, a man from an upper class society who, along with his friend Gray (James Keach), volunteers to drive a Red Cross ambulance on the battlefields of France in WWI. They find the brutality of war to be a much different thing than they expected, and when Larry witnesses a friend dying after he himself falls wounded, he finds he can no longer return to comfortable society life. Rather than become an accountant and marry his fiance Isabel (Catherine Hicks, in a role similar to that of Joan Greenwood's in "Kind Hearts and Coronets"), he instead goes to Paris to "think". After working in coal mines and traveling to India and Tibet, he returns to Paris to live a life of quiet contemplation (after finding the materialistic Isabel has married Gray). There he meets his childhood sweetheart (Theresa Russell), who's also suffered a great loss. When the two become a romantic item, the jealous Isabel seeks to destroy their love. The film is well made with great locations, but the acting is all over the place. The performances remind me of those in "The Great Santini". However, Bill Murray is Bill Murray, and regardless of how great his performance is, he essentially plays himself in every film. That said, I liked this film. When Isabel confronts Larry at the end, asking him what the point of everything is, he tells her there is no point. But this isn't a critique of life in general, just of her shallow, materialistic life, and there is no point in seeking perfection where it doesn't exist. A cynical person could say this is just a film about showing how the wealthy crumble apart when their perfect worlds get turned upside-down, but rich or poor, no one's allusions are shatterproof.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

Bill Murray's very first dramatic role is affable and quite moving, especially in the heartbreaking epilogue, when he talks about the rewards of living a good life, and then we see him, in a deeply poetic moment, climbing up the montmartre stairs, metaphorically continuing his journey of self discovery. That and some other moments nearly brought me to tears.
A David Lean-like epic with a sensitive core and beautiful music by Jack Nitzsche.
Unfairly panned by critics and public alike.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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