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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.

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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.

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Drama | Romance | War

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19 October 1984 (USA)  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,411,311 (USA) (21 October 1984)

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$6,551,987 (USA)
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Columbia executives wanted the film to take place in modern times, but Murray insisted that the film stay true to the novel, and be a period piece. In a 1993 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murray admitted "I was wrong, and they were right." See more »

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Tibetan Monk: I am sad because I am losing my cook.
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A truly epic film - that flopped at the box office
15 May 2005 | by (Bakersfield, CA) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite films of all-time. Bill Murray is excellent as the lead in a dramatic movie, much to my surprise. I think his performance in this film is every bit as good as his work in "Lost in Translation." Murray is far more flexible as an actor than he usually demonstrates or is given credit for. He is more than just a comedian.

The failure of this movie at the box office rests squarely on the shoulders of Paramount. They gave this movie so little support or advertising money that it was almost doomed to fail. To be honest, if the internet and IMDb had existed back then, the coast to coast word of mouth that could have been generated might have made this movie a winner at the box office.

There is a story about this movie that I once heard. Murrary had read the book and the script by Byrum, who also directed. Murrary approached the studio and told them he wanted to make this movie. The story goes that they respond with, "Sure, Bill, we'll make The Razor's Edge for you if you will make this little movie called Ghostbusters for us." He agreed and Paramount technically stuck to the deal, but they put no money into its promotion and it dead an untimely death.

This is one of the great films of all-time and it is just a shame that more people have not seen it.


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