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  • Actors: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter, Clifton Webb
  • Directors: Edmund Golding
  • Producers: Darryl Zanuck
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jan. 2006
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CFX5BO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,169 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Anne Baxter won an Oscar for her performance as dipsomaniac Sophie Nelson in this adaptation of Somerset Maugham's famous philosophical novel. Tyrone Power is the restless aviator Larry Darrell, sickened by the slaughter he has witnessed in WWI. He returns to Chicago questioning the moral values and fibre of his society and refuses to join the social 'creme de la creme' of which his high society fiancee Isabel Bradley (Gene Tierney) is a part. Instead he embarks on a quest to find intellectual and spiritual freedom, travelling to Paris and India, where he finds an elderly Hindu mystic who brings peace to his troubled mind. Ten years later, Larry is reunited with Isabel and his former friends, all of whom have suffered in some way.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Smith on 6 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
The newly released DVD of 20th Century Fox's production of W. Somerset Maugham's "The Razor's Edge" is a cinematic treasure. The direction by Edmond Goulding is top notch and captures the glamour and decadence of post World War I Paris in glittering perfection. Much praise must go to the art and set direction by Richard Day and Nathan Juran. Over 80 sets were constructed; some only glimpsed for a few moments evoke the period and splendor of the time and place. The production values of this picture are of the highest quality of this, Fox's "Important Picture for 1946".Goulding was famous for long takes and he is aided by the brilliant cinematographer Arthur C. Miller. The score by Alfred Newman is magnificent though surprisingly sparse for a film from the 1940's His use of source music and songs of the period help to inform the viewer of character and mood. His main theme is majestic and stirring and its reprise at the end is something near to epic played against a close-up of Tyrone Power and dissolves into the crashing waves against a tramp steamer.
Though a little too old and too handsome for the role of Larry Darell Tyrone Power, turns in a beautifully felt performance of a man in search for himself and his place in the world. A very modern and complex idea for the 1940's involving a trip to India and consultations with a guru. Gene Tierney is perfect as the woman who loves him and will stop at nothing to get him. This underrated beauty gives one of her best performances in an unsympathetic role. Anne Baxter, who won her Oscar as Sophie, is at times touching, real and yet manages to chew her share of the scenery toward the end of the picture. She is just plain fun to watch. But the picture is completely stolen by the wonderful, prissy and perfect performance of Clifton Web.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr O on 17 Mar. 2013
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The Razor's Edge is one of my favourite novels. I think this book lends itself to a mini series rather than a movie where it can explore character development in depth. This 1946 movie version was well made with a very good cast. It does a pretty good job of capturing the essence of the book but I would have liked it to explore more about the character of Larry as it is in the book. Still, it is worth a look. The cast do a very good job on the whole and the production values are high. Warning! Above all avoid the version made in the 1980's by Bill Murray. It's God awful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Allen on 2 Jun. 2014
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In my opinion, this is the original and best rendition of Somerset Maughm's acclaimed spiritual classic. It stars Tyrone Power in the role of Larry Darrell, an American pilot, who traumatised by his war time experiences, rejects the comfortable material world of his fiancée in search of enlightenment. A must for students of the Perennial Philosophy, it contains scenes and dialogue which, true to the novel, stay in the mind for years.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lycidas on 25 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
Gene Tierney: "You think you know it all, don't you ?" Clifton Webb: " I don't think it. I know it". The waspish snob, uncle Eliot, steals every scene in which he appears. Herbert Marshall, as Somerset Maugham, is the narrator, the sympathetic listener and the dispenser of wisdom. The main leads, Tyrone power, Gene Tierney, John Payne and Anne Baxter struggle with a dire script and an intrusive score to sort out their relationships. Unfortunately they overact. Gene Tierney is just as beautiful and nasty as she was in "Leave her to Heaven". Tyrone power is torn between the life of Gatsby and "Shangri-La". John Payne is somewhat subdued in his role, while Anne Baxter provides us with a tragic heroine. The complex romantic entanglements provide a plot which is totally unrealistic and unbelievable. Would I recommend it ? Yes, if I were a masochist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DALLAS on 8 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
Tyrone Power is great in this but so are the supprting cast,Ann Baxter, Gene Tierney et al.
Several strands to this story romance,betrayal, murder,spiritual fulfillment,regret,jealousy it's all there!Long film but worth the effort.Enjoyed and would watch again.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Oct. 2011
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20th Century Fox presents "THE RAZOR'S EDGE" (1946 145 min/B&W) -- Starring: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter, Clifton Webb & Herbert Marshall

Directed by Edmund Goulding

After several years' service with the Marines in World War II, Tyrone Power made his much anticipated return to the screen in The Razor's Edge. Power is appropriately cast as disillusioned World War I vet Larry Darrell, who returns from hostilities questioning his old values. To find himself, Larry joins several other members of the Lost Generation in Paris. He is disillusioned once more when the society woman whom he loves, Isabel Bradley (Gene Tierney), marries another for wealth and position. She returns to Larry's life to break up his romance with unstable, alcoholic Sophie MacDonald (Anne Baxter in a powerhouse Oscar-winning performance). After Sophie's death, Larry determines that the life offered him by Isabel is not to his liking, and continues seeking his true place in the scheme of things.

The Razor's Edge was based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, who appears on screen in the form of Herbert Marshall. The film re-teamed Tierney and Webb two years after their appearance together in Laura (1944)

The Razor's Edge garnered an Oscar win for Anne Baxter and nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Clifton Webb) and B&W Art Direction.

BIOS:
1. Edmund Goulding Director)
Date of Birth: 20 March 1891 - Feltham, Middlesex, England, UK
Date of Death: 24 December 1959 - Los Angeles, California

2. Tyrone Power
Date of Birth: 5 May 1914 - Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death: 15 November 1958 - Madrid, Spain

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