The Razor's Edge

1946

Action / Drama / Film-Noir / Romance

25
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 73%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 4624

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Cast

Gene Tierney as Isabel Bradley
John Payne as Gray Maturin
Anne Baxter as Sophie MacDonald
Tyrone Power as Larry Darrell
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by calvinnme 9 / 10

Showed what Zanuck era Fox could do when they pulled out all the stops...

... and they did get ambitious here - an attempt to fit a very sprawling saga about one man's spiritual quest in an age of materialism into an almost three hour movie without boring the viewer. It works wonderfully.

Larry Darryl (Tyrone Power) comes back from WWI to Chicago and to his fiancée, Isabel (Gene Tierney), who is madly in love with him, but not with his new focus on life. At the last minute on the last day of the war another man died saving his life, and it has gotten Larry thinking about the meaning of life. He just doesn't want to use his social connections, get a good position, and make money. He needs time to reflect to make the life that he has been given at another man's expense mean something. However, for all the time the movie takes and the opportunities that Larry surrenders, in the end, after mulling it over, you go "Wait a minute ! What exactly was that about, anyway? Maybe it wasn't as profound as I thought it was while I was watching it !"It's the only reason I give it 9 instead of 10 stars.

What makes it work is that Larry's story is not the entire story. There are a host of interesting characters. Isabel is shamelessly material and in spite of how clever she thinks she is, she is very transparent. John Payne plays Gray, the guy Isabel eventually marries, and if he isn't clueless to her true nature, he does a great job hiding it. Clifton Webb plays Isabel's uncle and does what he always did so well at Fox - play someone who says exactly what he thinks regardless of the consequences.

Then there is Ann Baxter as the tragic Sophie, a woman who is very much in love with her life and her husband and baby daughter until a crash with a drunk driver destroys all of that. Then comes the crash of 1929 and destroys some of the other characters in different ways. Herbert Marshall plays Maugham himself, and is likable as always, basically an observer in this story.

Best scenes - Gene Tierney descends a staircase with the grace of an angel and delivers herself to the equally beautiful Tyrone Power; Power talks to a defrocked priest who is a wanted man and says he does not fear punishment he fears mercy; Power and Tierney have a final face off. Tierney finally says what has been written all over her face for the entire film, Power proves that he sees right through her; Power talks a good hearted personal secretary (Elsa Lancester) out of an invitation to a ball for a dying man who cannot attend but who wants the right to refuse more than anything in the little life he has left.

Well acted by Fox's brightest stars, well directed, and beautifully photographed and scored, I'd highly recommend it. The time will fly by.

Reviewed by Richie-67-485852 8 / 10

The Edge is a good place

It has been said that if you are not on the edge of life you are taking up too much room. The discovery and the adventure that comes with people deciding to have them is unique and remains of interest to us all. In this movie, we are introduced to someone who has started to wake-up from the inside out which is the beginning of finding ones purpose and identity. The main character is driven by questions and can only be satisfied by answers which he seeks here and there and when they come. What happens without realizing it is that if one does this correctly, their character changes for the good without calling attention to itself. It is subtle but consistent and this is the proof of the fruit of the tree i.e. who we are and why. Watching someone unravel their mystery is not only satisfying but encourages and supports others to go within for their very own experience. It is in all of us awaiting to be activated patiently standing at the door just wanting to be let in and go to work. The movie captures this and more. Along this journey, one cannot help but find love, true friendship and meaning as it is intended and free for the asking. The Razors Edge also has a dual meaning as well. We know that this is a very sharp edge to be sure but it is also a very narrow one leaving room enough for only one person to journey as the edge is that narrow. But what people find is that even on this Razors Edge, there is the creation power assisting all along supporting and beckoning to finish what was started. This movie will demonstrate all this and more. Have a tasty drink ready, a light snack or even a meal and be patient with the movie as it unfolds like a flower in the sun. It will bloom as intended and the rewards are there

Reviewed by evanston_dad 6 / 10

Cold and Cerebral, Just Like the Novel

This glossy adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's famous novel has a lot going for it that should have made it a classic: compelling themes about the meaning of existence and the struggle to be a good person in a selfish and self-absorbed society, big-budget production values, and even some inventive direction from Edmund Goulding, not the first director who comes to mind when I think of inventive directors, who sends his camera swirling around some impressive set pieces and turns them into something resembling carefully choreographed dances. But something about the film just falls flat, and the same problem plagued the book. It's too cerebral for its own good, and the character at its center, played by Tyrone Power, isn't interesting enough to carry the film. Unfortunately, Power is wooden and uninteresting already as an actor, so he can't do a thing to make up for what the character and story already inherently lack.

The best thing about "The Razor's Edge" are the performances of the two actors who won supporting Oscar nominations: Clifton Webb as a swishy socialite and Anne Baxter (who won her award) as a doomed alcoholic and drug addict. Gene Tierney isn't really much of an actress either, beautiful though she may be, and it's hard not to fantasize about what a better actress could have done with her loathsome character.

The film was also nominated for Best Picture and best black and white art direction, which runs the gamut from Parisian cafes to meditative retreats in the Himalayas.

Grade: B-

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