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Lost Horizon (1973)

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 »

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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 Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Come to a new world of music, a new world of adventure, and a new world of love! See more »


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17 March 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Horizonte Perdido  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,000,000 (USA)
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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A previous musical version called "Shangri -la" was made for TV in 1960. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Chang: You who have written so much of better worlds, should think it a dream when you find one? Or, is it that you fail to recognize one of your own dreams when you see it?
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Connections

Edited into Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

I MIGHT FRIGHTEN HER AWAY
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Peter Finch (dubbed by Jerry Whitman) and Liv Ullmann (dubbed by Diana Lee)
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The "director's" version was better, but ...
6 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was 19 or 20, years old at the time and living in Salt Lake City, Utah and I still remember the new dome theater, called the century 21. Layback chairs that rocked and a new sound system, large screen and huge open space between the screen and the packed theater. We felt all the excitement of a new preview screening of a film. Ta da da daa da ta da dada dada... I can still hear the opening music ringing trumpet and the crash of cymbals. I loved the interplay of characters and the filmed vistas. I know Peter Finch and Luv and Sally had some trouble with the lip-sink but hey, this was a feel good, go feel better about things film! What I regret is the way they cut the meaningful heart out of it, showed the cut version and then called it a flop. I saw the cut version and I can see it lost its view of the vision it had in the preview edition. Yes I wince a bit at Peter's effort to make love through music but, you know I didn't see it that way when I left the theater. when they surveyed us as we left I regret any comment I made that may have altered the original. I liked it then and still see it while I listen to the music on my LP. Most of my family has heard me sing much of the sound track and I can use the films monologues in our games of "what movie is this". I wish a director's cut on DVD was available. It is available on VHS but its not quite the same. I would particularly like a full serious lord of the rings style commentary about its origins, struggles and triumphs. Picky people should leave things well enough alone. Bring it back!!!!


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