Lost Horizon (1973)

G   |    |  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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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.




  • Liv Ullmann in Lost Horizon (1973)
  • Robert Surtees in Lost Horizon (1973)
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  • Sally Kellerman and Liv Ullmann at an event for Lost Horizon (1973)

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26 January 2001 | annmason1
A Himalayan "Springtime for Hitler"
There are two groups of people in the world: those who love this 1973 remake of "Lost Horizon" and those who are lucky to escape with their lives if caught in a theater with a majority from the first group. There is no in between. Either you accept polar bears rumbling about the Himalayas and designer caps propped jauntily aside the head during treks at the Roof of the World, or you don't.

The classic "Lost Horizon" asked the viewer to suspend belief in the hope of something better. This "Lost Horizon" makes the viewer appreciate what he's already got... no clubfooted school teachers snaking about with obnoxious children; no litter-lugging sherpas chanting "living together, loving together" to a couple undoubtedly more anxious to get on with the latter than the former; and no English lords moonlighting as high lamas.

Do not let anyone persuade you not to see this movie. Like wearing purple and eating more ice cream than beans, it is a required rite of passage before leaving this veil of tears. Which, I guarantee you will have in abundance, no matter into which of the two groups you fall.

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This was the last screenplay for a theatrical movie written by Larry Kramer. In Larry Kramer in Love and Anger (2015), the writer revealed that he wasn't proud of his script for this movie, and in 2002 said, "It was the one thing I have done in my life that I truly regret. People still laugh about it." But Kramer also acknowledges that the nearly $300,000 he earned for his script (along with great investments his lawyer brother made with the money) left him free of financial worries for the rest of his life. He became a successful playwright and a legendary LGBT rights activist.


Chang: Miss Hughes! You are in the midst of life. Do not seek death; it will find you. But choose the road that makes death a fulfillment.


When Robert and his brother leave Shangrila they're in ordinary clothes and trilby hats but when seen with the party of porters they're in boots , heavy coats and protective head gear.

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.


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Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Bobby Van and Children


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Adventure | Drama | Fantasy | Musical | Romance

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