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Lost Horizon (1973)

While escaping war-torn China, a group of Europeans crash in the Himalayas, where they are rescued and taken to the mysterious Valley of the Blue Moon, Shangri-La.

Director:

Charles Jarrott

Writers:

Larry Kramer (screenplay), James Hilton (original novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Richard Conway
Liv Ullmann ... Catherine
Sally Kellerman ... Sally Hughes
George Kennedy ... Sam Cornelius
Michael York ... George Conway
Olivia Hussey ... Maria
Bobby Van ... Harry Lovett
James Shigeta ... Brother To-Lenn
Charles Boyer ... and The High Lama
John Gielgud ... and Chang
Kent Smith ... Bill Fergunson
John Van Dreelen ... Dr. Verden
Larry Duran ... Asian Pilot
Miiko Taka ... Nurse
Tybee Brascia Tybee Brascia ... Dancer
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Storyline

While escaping war-torn China, a group of Europeans crash in the Himalayas, where they are rescued and taken to the mysterious Valley of the Blue Moon, Shangri-La. Hidden from the rest of the world, Shangri-La is a haven of peace and tranquility for world-weary diplomat Richard Conway. His ambitious brother, George, sees it as a prison from which he must escape, even if it means risking his life and bringing destruction to the ancient culture of Shangri-La. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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The music of 'Lost Horizon' will make your heart sing! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horizonte Perdido See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (general release)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2015, this marks as the last screenplay for a theatrical movie written by Larry Kramer. In Larry Kramer in Love and Anger (2015), the writer revealed that he isn't proud of his script for this movie, but acknowledges that the deal he made with producers for this work (along with some other great investments) made him free of financial worries for the rest of his life. He became a successful playwright and LGBT rights activist. See more »

Goofs

The library at Shangri-La is supposed to be a repository for the world's great literature, yet a number of "Readers' Digest Condensed Books" are visible on its shelves. See more »

Quotes

Chang: Like everyone else, you are on a pilgrimage thru life. By chance, part of your voyage of discovery, is here.
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Alternate Versions

"Lost Horizon" was cut by 23 minutes after its theatrical release. The deleted footage consisted of three songs: "I Come To You", "If I Could Go Back", and "Where Knowledge Ends, Faith Begins"; plus two reprises of "Living Together, Growing Together" were cut, and a fertility dance sequence was also edited out. Pioneer reinstated the three songs for a 1992 Laserdisc release whilst the remaining footage was restored for the 2011 DVD version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film Night: Episode dated 23 March 1973 (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Living Together, Growing Together
(uncredited)
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by James Shigeta and Dancers
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Great Music
16 January 2001 | by skip_184See all my reviews

This movie is one on the forgotten musicals. The Burt Bacharach-Hal David music alone is worth the price of the film. Almost all reviewers say it is a bomb, but after seeing it three times it grows on you. The music is TERIFFIC!


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