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Lost Horizon (1973)





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James Hilton's beloved fantasy novel about the land of Shangri-La was given an awkward musical treatment in this extravagantly produced flop. Larry Kramer's screenplay stays close to the 1937 Frank Capra original, as a plane fleeing China crashes in the Himalayas and a mixed group of survivors discovers the magical, peaceful land of Shangri-La. Here the film becomes a full-fledged musical, with songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David illustrating the distant realm's nature and the conflict that happiness causes amongst the survivors. Curiosity-seekers may be intrigued by the film's reputation as a notorious dud, but fans of the story would be better served by the classic original, despite a cast of well-respected names, including Peter Finch (in the Ronald Colman role), John Gielgud, Liv Ullmann, and Charles Boyer.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Liv Ullmann
as Catherine
Peter Finch
as Richard Conway
George Kennedy
as Sam Cornelius
Michael York
as George conway
Sally Kellerman
as Sally Hughes
Charles Boyer
as High Lama
Bobby Van
as Harry Lovett
James Shigeta
as Brother To-Lenn
Larry Duran
as Oriental Pilot
Kent Smith
as Bill Fergunson
John Van Dreelen
as Dr. Verden
Miiko Taka
as Nurse
Hedley Mattingly
as Col. Rawley
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Critic Reviews for Lost Horizon

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

The conjunction of truth and lies hardly seems accidental in a film that sets out to recall a kind of filmmaking now lost, but succeeds only in denting pleasant memories.

Full Review… | May 6, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

At the moment the characters descend into the valley of Shangri-La, the film, in unconscious critical mimicry, goes downhill

January 25, 2009

Just dull and forgettable, not the so-bad-it's-good camp classic some people insist.

April 17, 2006
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Lost Horizon

Lackluster music and cringe-worthy choreography ruin what might otherwise be a 3-star movie. Burt Bacharach, who wrote the music, said the movie nearly ended his career. I can see why. I think it nearly put an end to the movie musical as a genre.

George Mouchet
George Mouchet

Classic film, unfairly maligned by critics who attack it based mainly on the fact that its a musical version of the original. It's an almost scene for scene remake and the music (though somewhat dated now), is undeniably catchy. Plays like a film made in the early days of cinema-if you like musicals don't miss it!

James Cupertino
James Cupertino

I have loved this movie since my next door neighbor introduced me to it in jr. high. I love the story about Shangri La - and the music is wonderful. One of the best musicals ever even though it often gets panned. Love it love it love it!

Kim Eshenroder
Kim Eshenroder

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