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“Byrum at the helm of Columbia’s $12m ‘Razor’s Edge’ production”

Published -October 29th 1983

Photograph by Barry Peake

Colin Vaines talks to John Byrum, director of the new version of W Somerset Maugham’s “The Razor’s Edge”

IT IS THE lingering memory of the horrors of the First World War that causes Larry Darrell, hero of W Somerset Maugham’s “The Razor’s Edge”, to give up the security of post-war America and set off on a spiritual and philosophical quest for some meaning in life.

In a field in south-west England recently, those horrors were being recreated on an appallingly realistic depiction of a World War One battleground for Columbia’s new version of the Maugham novel.

Produced by Harry Benn and Bob Marcucci, with Rob Cohen as executive producer, “The Razor’s Edge” is directed by John Byrum, whose previous two films were “Inserts” and “Heart Beat”.

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