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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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17 March 1973 (USA)  »

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Horizonte Perdido  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,000,000 (USA)
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Michael York has said that despite Ross Hunter's reputation for lush productions, York found the decor tacky. The lamasery scenes were filmed in Burbank during a hot summer, and York began to call the location "Shangri-La in the Smog". See more »

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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 »

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Sally Hughes: Sally, Golden Girl. I was always taught dreams could come true. It's terrific to believe when you're a kid. A little more difficult later on when you're a little more difficult. All that passion and involvement. Men. Causes. I went around agonizing about man's inhumanity to man. I made a good living out of taking pictures of people with their heads blown off; so, that other people with their heads still on and usually under hairdryers could get a kick out of 'em before turning to the nearest ...
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Referenced in Film Night: Episode dated 23 March 1973 (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

I COME TO YOU
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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Why isn't this movie on DVD?!
8 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Much better than it is generally given credit for, this version of "Lost Horizon" not only had great music and beautiful scenery, but also some stunning mountain photography. A special edition laser disc was released some years ago which added more than 30 minutes of previously deleted material, extra music, and lots of bonus material. So why isn't this on DVD?! Hard to figure the studios out sometimes. Certainly the roles could have been given to people who could sing better than Peter Finch, Liv Ullman, George Kennedy and Sally Kellerman, but what do you want in a movie, good acting or melodious pipes? Song and dance man Bobby Van is great fun, Michael York is a suitably tragic villain, and seeing Sir John Gielgud decked out as Chang may sound silly but actually works very well on screen. Trust me, you need to check this movie out - if you can find it!


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