This retelling of the classic tale of James Hilton's Utopian lost world plays out uneasily amid musical production numbers and Bacharach pop music. While escaping war-torn China, a group of... See full summary »
This retelling of the classic tale of James Hilton's Utopian lost world plays out uneasily amid musical production numbers and Bacharach pop music. 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
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The castle set from Camelot (1967) was recycled and used as the lamasery. This was the first motion picture that Columbia Pictures filmed after it moved onto the Warner Bros. Studio Lot in 1972, creating The Burbank Studios to facilitate both production companies. For "Lost Horizon's" mythical setting of Shangri-La, the medieval turrets of the Camelot castle on the studio's main back-lot were removed and replaced with Tibetan gables to simulate Himalayan Buddhist monasteries. Most of the lower levels of the castle remained intact, and the courtyard was replaced with layered steppes and fountains. This set remained on the studio's back-lot for several years before it was torn down to make way for a new office building, and it can be seen in many episodes of "Kung Fu," in which it was often used as an exterior set. See more »
The library at Shangri-La is supposed to be a repository for the world's great literature. A number of "Readers Digest Condensed Books" on its shelves. See more »
You are more beautiful than the women of Thailand; more feminine that the women of France; more pliable than the women of Japan; more -
Stop, stop. I don't want to hear about all these other women. What I want to hear is that you won't leave me.
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A huge cast gathered for this remake which sadly was a box office failure notwithstanding a great sound track. I can't say it was riveting entertainment, nor a cure for insomnia. Nevertheless I enjoyed the film - it provided the escape I was after one afternoon. A good look for those of us looking for the ideal life, albeit a fantasy. Expect some corny moments, few thrills, and an occasional laugh.
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