The Book in Theater

Florence Pageau

The original version of the novel was first released in 1944 and has inspired only two movies since then. The first movie was distributed by 20th Century Fox in 1946 and had a big cast and success considering that the movie was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, with Anne Baxter winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Even with the success surrounding the first version that is now hard to find considering the years that have passed. The producer Darryl F. Zanuck, who was a famous American film producer and studio executive, only inspired one other movie almost 40 years later, in 1984, starring the famous Bill Murray. The failure of the second movie explains why no new version has been made recently. The film collected only $6 millions at the box office which is half of the $12 millions invested into the production. All important critics considered the movie too long, slow and overproduced. Even the main character and famous actor Bill Murray was criticized for his role and considered a few year later that the movie as a “mistake”.

That is all we can analyze about the movie adaptation of the Razor’s Edge since the book that inspired a major “flop” now scares the producers. There is no updated version planned to be released in the upcoming year of the movie of William Somerset Maugham’s book.
In this case, even if I adore movies I would recommend to read the book only and not to destroy your opinion of it by watching a bad movie.


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