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Lost Horizon (1937)




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Movie Info

This film opens on a chaotic Chinese airfield. As hordes of bandits approach, hundreds of refugees scramble to board the last plane out. Only five people make it. As the plane flies, the passengers realize that they heading in the wrong direction. They are being kidnapped -- but why?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


Ronald Colman
as Robert Conway
Jane Wyatt
as Sondra
John Howard
as George Conway
as Maria
Edward Everett Horto...
as Alexander P. Lovett
Thomas Mitchell
as Henry Barnard
Isabel Jewell
as Gloria Stone
Sam Jaffe
as High Lama
Hugh Buckler
as Lord Gainsford
David Torrence
as Prime Minister
John Miltern
as Carstairs
Jeremy Irons Sr.
as Assistant Foreign Se...
Max Rabinowitz
as Seiveking
John Tettener
as Montaigne
Boyd Irwin
as Assistant Foreign Se...
Leonard Mudie
as Senior Foreign Secre...
David Clyde
as Steward
Wryley Birch
as Missionary
Noble Johnson
as Leader of porters
George Chan
as Chinese priest
Eric Wilton
as Englishman
Willie Fung
as Bandit leader
Richard Loo
as Shanghai Airport off...
Beatrice Curtis
as Passenger
Mary Lou Dix
as Passenger
Beatrice Blinn
as Passenger
Margaret McWade
as Missionary
Arthur Rankin
as Passenger
Henry Mowbray
as Englishman
Wedgewood Nowell
as Englishman
Ruth Robinson
as Missionary
Carl Stockdale
as Missionary
John Howard
as George Conway
Victor Wong
as Bandit leader
John Howard (II)
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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