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Lost Horizon (1973)

While escaping war-torn China, a group of Europeans crash in the Himalayas, where they are rescued and taken to the mysterious Valley of the Blue Moon, Shangri-La.

Director:

Charles Jarrott

Writers:

Larry Kramer (screenplay), James Hilton (original novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Richard Conway
Liv Ullmann ... Catherine
Sally Kellerman ... Sally Hughes
George Kennedy ... Sam Cornelius
Michael York ... George Conway
Olivia Hussey ... Maria
Bobby Van ... Harry Lovett
James Shigeta ... Brother To-Lenn
Charles Boyer ... and The High Lama
John Gielgud ... and Chang
Kent Smith ... Bill Fergunson
John Van Dreelen ... Dr. Verden
Larry Duran ... Asian Pilot
Miiko Taka ... Nurse
Tybee Brascia Tybee Brascia ... Dancer
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Storyline

While escaping war-torn China, a group of Europeans crash in the Himalayas, where they are rescued and taken to the mysterious Valley of the Blue Moon, Shangri-La. Hidden from the rest of the world, Shangri-La is a haven of peace and tranquility for world-weary diplomat Richard Conway. His ambitious brother, George, sees it as a prison from which he must escape, even if it means risking his life and bringing destruction to the ancient culture of Shangri-La. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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The adventure of 'Lost Horizon' is as spellbinding as it is unique! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horizonte Perdido See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (general release)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

So many backers lost at least half of their investments, that the movie became known in the industry as "The Lost Investment". See more »

Goofs

The library at Shangri-La is supposed to be a repository for the world's great literature, yet a number of "Readers' Digest Condensed Books" are visible on its shelves. See more »

Quotes

George Conway: [During the song, "Share the Joy"] Now that's the first thing to cheer me up since we got here.
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Alternate Versions

"Lost Horizon" was cut by 23 minutes after its theatrical release. The deleted footage consisted of three songs: "I Come To You", "If I Could Go Back", and "Where Knowledge Ends, Faith Begins"; plus two reprises of "Living Together, Growing Together" were cut, and a fertility dance sequence was also edited out. Pioneer reinstated the three songs for a 1992 Laserdisc release whilst the remaining footage was restored for the 2011 DVD version. See more »


Soundtracks

The World Is a Circle
(uncredited)
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Liv Ullmann (dubbed by Diana Lee), Bobby Van, and Children
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Not Lost on the Right Audience
4 August 2004 | by jbdeanSee all my reviews

While the songs and dance numbers, in general, aren't as strong as many would have them be, the film's storyline and message are still there and ring out loudly above the simple 70s-style musical numbers.

Keeping in mind that this film was made after the Hollywood Musical had nearly died out (with few exceptions being rock musicals), the audiences that went to see it new didn't appreciate the fact that it was a brave attempt at something that hadn't been done to date. Audiences that see it today will tend to judge it against the films and musicals of today and, perhaps, the huge all-star casts of musicals gone past. But to do that to this film, or any for that matter, is an injustice to the film itself.

There are some good musical moments in the film. The first is that of Bobby Van. Mr. Van took his role of Harry Lovett just after closing a 2 year Tony nominated (for best actor) run of the Broadway revival, "No, No, Nanette." He is a song-and-dance-man from way back and, honestly, the only one in the cast that was truly talented and experienced for musicals. He never misses a step in his "Question Me An Answer" and rightly so ... he was totally at home as Harry. Other pleasant numbers are done by Olivia Hussey when she welcomes the new visitors and while the lyrics are weak, James Shigeta shows his strong voice in the "Family" song, as well as a nicely done staging of the full piece.

View the film for what it is ... a fantasy about a place where you never grow old, hidden in the ice and snow covered mountains of Tibet, found by a group of unsuspecting modern-day people wrapped up in the strife of any modern culture. Take this and compare it to reality and you get a film that falls short of a goal. But ... take this film for the message of love and peace and tranquility and brotherly love and you get a warm and refreshing message and a positive one at that.

To some this film may seem corny to others a welcomed release from the hectic pace of reality. To the first, try to not judge and just enjoy the message. To the second, you have discovered the secret of Shangri-La!


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