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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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At Last - A Picture for Everyone! 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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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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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

Julie Andrews, Jean Arthur, and Barbara Stanwyck turned down the role of the teacher. 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 »

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Soundtracks

Living Together, Growing Together
(uncredited)
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by James Shigeta and Dancers
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Least Horizon
21 March 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

I have a confession to make.....in August 1974 I re-opened an old cinema and this was the premiere attraction. The sound gargled away from behind the flabby screen and the invited audience sat on the lumpy seats. I looked like Top Cat in a tuxedo, and this film unfolded across the joins on our cinemascope presentation. What a night! Unforgettable in its mangy charm and an intro into the glamorous world of second rate showbiz to which I am still magnetized today. As a result I have a special place in my heart for this gloriously awful musical. All I can say was that the opening night crowd fled into the darkness after the last reel flapped off the projector. Some even promised to return and asked what was on next week: "MAME ...with Lucy" I grinned as I locked the door. Somehow the business survived and I even got to showcase AT LONG LAST LOVE the next year. LOST HORIZON was quite successful in Australia and was first released in Sydney as presented in 70mm for 13 weeks.... families liked it and for a while it was considered the sort of Brady Bunch family sort of musical. I just wanted to open my crummy seaside cinema with something nice. So I did and thank Neptune the locals forgave me. I deliciously look forward to the DVD release with the infamous deleted scenes, especially the legendary diaper dance with the guys swinging teapots and extended versions of Bobby Van leaping about with Liv Ullman. Am I correct in believing this was Ross Hunter's last production?


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