Lost Horizon

1973

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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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

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

Jan 25, 2009

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

Apr 17, 2006 | Rating: 1/5

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