The Razor's Edge
The Razor's Edge (1984)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 19, 1984
DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

An adaptation of the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, this longtime pet project of Murray's will only disappoint his many fans.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Sincere try, but even with censorship issues, the 1946 version was better.

Kevin N. Laforest
Apollo Guide

Were it paced more smoothly, and if the lead character's spiritual search was developed instead of just hinted at, this could have been a great film.

Clint Morris

A gratifying gamble for the immersive Bill Murray

Scott Weinberg

The Razor's Edge may be a truncated and somewhat episodic adaptation, but it's certainly compelling enough to keep you involved for a solid two hours.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An American's quest for the meaning of life takes him from Iowa to Tibet to discover the spiritual practices of equanimity, atttention, and compassion.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Dismal misfire by Murray trying early on for drama accolades

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Murray provides an interesting performance; the movie grows on you.

Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

"Don't write that book report to it, just enjoy its eccentricities."

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Good intentions do not a good film make, stick with the original.
Kyle Meisch
2.5-3. Good intentions but tonally it often did not work. There's some good material in the last third of the film but it sadly is almost entirely… More
Devon Bott
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… More
Miriam Kline
Sweet and sprawling, this film will let any one who wonders discover how it was that Bill Murray became so entrenched in the hearts of so many people. . . Nice… More
Pierluigi Puccini
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… More