Watch: The Razor’s Edge 1984 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: An American WWI vet undertakes a spiritual quest that takes him from Paris to Nepal to the Himalayas and back to his hometown. Upon his return, he discovers he is not the only one who has changed.
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A truly epic film – that flopped at the box office
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.
Truly a line as hard to walk as a Razor’s Edge
The second adaptation of the iconic novel, this Bill Murray centric- version follows him as Larry, an early 20th century socialite who ends serving as an ambulance driver in WW1. Marked by this experience, he distances himself from the high life in America and begins a global search for life’s meaning, from the mines of Britannia to the mountains of Tibet.
Beautifully mounted, the 80s ‘Razor’s Edge’ assembles a lot of great components, yet never fully meets expectation. From a writing standpoint, this is down to the inciting incident that leads to Larry’s soul search: it just isn’t well developed enough. The WW1 segment isn’t very long, and you don’t really get the impression that Larry is scarred or shocked by it. What’s more, they try to have him have this relationship with his officer, Piedmont (played by Brian Murray), but the screen time they do share sees them more at odds or Larry being bewildered by the brashness of Piedmont. Why does his death matter so much to Larry? As a byproduct of this one misfire, it weakens everything else in the story, and makes Larry’s journey not feel as powerful or weighty as it so badly needs to be.
This is a genuine shame that they got this one key element wrong, as everything else is top notch. It’s very well filmed, especially thanks to its international, on location backdrop. The stuff up in the Himalayas in particular is pretty spectacular. Performances are also of a similar calibre; for his first straight role, old Bill isn’t half bad. Sometimes he can be a little rigid, but for the most part, his dryness and friendly demeanour compensate. He is joined by the likes of Catherine Hicks, Theresa Russell and James Keach, who all add solid work. And finally, Jack Nitzsche’s score; very elegant, and though it mainly relies on a recurring motif of strings that sounds very similar to Morricone’s ‘Time of Destiny’, it actually works rather well and is genuinely moving.
In the end, ‘Razor’s Edge’ is an ambitious failure, but not a boring or indulgent one at least. For Murray fans, it’s an intriguing little curio and an important step in his development.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 8 min (128 min)
Genre Drama, Romance, War
Director John Byrum
Writer W. Somerset Maugham, John Byrum, Bill Murray
Actors Bill Murray, Theresa Russell, Denholm Elliott
Country United Kingdom, United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby (35 mm prints), 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.35 : 1
Camera J. Dunton Cameras
Laboratory Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process J-D-C Scope (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 70 mm (blow-up), 35 mm