Lost Horizon (1973)

G  |   |  Fantasy, Musical, Adventure  |  17 March 1973 (USA)
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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... 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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Release Date:

17 March 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Horizonte Perdido  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)


$3,000,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A fertility dance number was cut from the final print because preview audiences laughed at it. The scene was later restored. 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 »


George Conway: You are more beautiful than the women of Thailand; more feminine than the women of France; more pliable than the women of Japan; more...
Maria: 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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Edited into Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »


Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Sally Kellerman
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Shlocky, cornball 70's musical at it's finest!
13 March 2000 | by (Cleveland OH.) – See all my reviews

I came across this moldy on AMC and was riveted! Suddenly I was taken back to my grade school years where I was forced to sing an ever so cheesy "The World is a Circle"! For the first time in years I'm seeing and hearing where these rediculous tunes from my youth have come from - and loved it. John Geilgud's perpetual grin and his pointy-head costumes had me in stitches. Not to mention some truly silly dance numbers AND a cast including actor extraordinaire George Kennedy! What's not to love? View it for what it is - guilty pleasured silliness.

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