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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.

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Cast

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
Hedley Mattingly
as Col. Rawley
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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.

May 6, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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At the moment the characters descend into the valley of Shangri-La, the film, in unconscious critical mimicry, goes downhill

January 25, 2009
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Just dull and forgettable, not the so-bad-it's-good camp classic some people insist.

April 17, 2006 | Rating: 1/5
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