Lost Horizon (1937)




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It took British author James Hilton six weeks to write his visionary novel Lost Horizon. It took director Frank Capra two years-and half of his home studio Columbia's annual budget-to bring it to the screen. After a lengthy preamble, inviting audiences to imagine their own ideas of Utopia, the film opens on a chaotic scene at a Chinese airfield. As hordes of bandits approach, hundreds of refugees scramble to board the last plane out. Only five people make it: Mildly disenchanted Far Eastern … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: James Hilton, Robert Riskin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 31, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Robert Conway

as Sondra

as George Conway

as Maria

as Alexander P. Lovett

as Henry Barnard

as Gloria Stone

as Chang

as High Lama

as Lord Gainsford

as Prime Minister

as Carstairs

as 1st Man

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as Seiveking

as Montaigne

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as Senior Foreign Secre...

as Steward

as Missionary

as Leader of porters

as Chinese priest

as Englishman

as Bandit leader

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as Passenger

as Passenger

as Passenger

as Missionary

as Passenger

as Englishman

as Englishman

as Missionary

as Missionary

as George Conway

as Bandit leader

as George Conway
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Critic Reviews for Lost Horizon

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Capra's most challenging film is both naive and pleasantly uplifting.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Boasting great production values, Frank Capra's film is still one of the most cherished fables made during the Depression era.

Full Review… | March 13, 2011

Classic Capra fantasy. Not wholly successful, but essential viewing.

August 11, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Lost Horizon

Buddha Shrugged.
I think the story Gainesburg tells at the end would make a better movie than this one.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

This is my favourtie movie of 1937. It's long, but it's worth it. It has a great story of a group of people who get stranded on an island and discover it's a utopia. I love it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


It's easy to forget that Lost Horizon is a Frank Capra movie. It has very little of the concentrated feel good quality that most of his other movies have. It's definitely a good movie but definitely not his defining work. Sam Jaffe was incredibly frightening as the High Lama. Picture Mason Verger from Hannibal raping Yoda and this guy would be the baby. I don't like how the story seemed to get rushed in the last 15 minutes and just left at that or how some of the more major characters were just kind of cut short with hushed resolution. Even if the movie was fully restored I don't think that could save it. Don't get me wrong, Lost Horizon is still a good movie, just not quintessential Capra.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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