Lost Horizon (1973)

 


 

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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 <[email protected]>

Genre: Fantasy,Musical,Adventure,Drama,Romance

Lost Horizon (1973)
   
Release Date: 17 March 1973 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Charles Jarrott
Cast:
  • Peter Finch
  • Liv Ullmann
  • Sally Kellerman
  • George Kennedy
  • Michael York
  • Olivia Hussey
  • Bobby Van
  • James Shigeta
  • Charles Boyer
  • John Gielgud
  • Kent Smith
  • John Van Dreelen
  • Larry Duran
  • Miiko Taka
  • Tybee Brascia


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33 Responses to Lost Horizon (1973)

  1. moonspinner55
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    Has anyone else heard from Michael Schlesinger at Sony? I just got a real nice email from him, which states the company is working on a Double Feature DVD of LH73 paired-up with the original version. He says, "locating all the lost footage may take some time, so stay tuned." So, hopefully soon, we’ll get this movie on disc, pristine and uncut.

  2. Anonymous
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  3. cliffcarson-1
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    Don’t get me wrong, CABARET is a sensational musical film, but there’s a myth going around that films like MAME and LOST HORIZON put an end to the musical as a genre. It was actually CABARET. While I am in agreement of some of the criticism of MAME and while LOST HORIZON did not live up to the memory of the original in the eyes of many people, they are not to blame for the death of the musical as a genre. The blame really belongs with CABARET. After Cabaret it was no longer acceptable for characters to "break" out into song to express an emotion in the traditional sense. Songs had to be presented realistically on a stage or performed for a "reason". If CABARET had never been made, things might have been different.

  4. sauronbaggins
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    This film is a classic !!!

    Wheres the DVD !!!

  5. sauronbaggins
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    I hated this film

    until

    Olivia Hussey came on (she is a major hottie!)

  6. merek-3
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    I saw this movie a few years ago while home sick.

    I forget what channel it was on – but it was a full screen version – not widescreen.

    The song "Things I Will Not Miss" was a textbook case for the value of Widescreen vs. Full screen. Or perhaps just an example of a VERY lazy editor who cut the full screen version.

    During about 3-4 partso fo the song – there is NO ONE on the screen. They are at opposite sides of the table or whatever – and the editor who created the Fullscreen version just left the focus on the center of the screen.

    It really was pretty hilarious.

  7. UKkev
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    I’m recording this long lost classic today onto DVD direct from digital Channel Five. It’s the 16:9 version so it should look great.

  8. jeffyoung1
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    I’m glad to read after all these decades of trashing the 1973 version of LOST HORIZON that people have come on board to defend the movie and express admiration for it.

    LOST HORIZON got panned badly by the critics back in its day. It even found a place in the books as one of the worst movie remakes in history. I strenuously disagreed then and now.

    LOST HORIZON was a much better and enjoyable film than the criticism it unfairly garnered. I believed much of the sniping and ridicule came from and comes from people who are cynically uncomfortable with anything that depicts human kindness, decency, compassion, courtesy, ettiquette, and living harmoniously with each other. LOST HORIZON in all its movie incarnations portrayed that message. But there are people who don’t and never will buy into the message of harmonious and happy co-existence. Such people believe life has no meaning if there is no cut-throat competition that rewards the winners with fortune, high-living, corporate promotion, the biggest house and car, while leaving the losers in the dust with nothing. Many people still believe happiness in life is equated ONLY with material success and triumph over the less capable. Some people cannot envision life where EVERYONE is happy and materialistic successful. In order to be happy in life there always has to be winners and losers. One example is the grade curve in college where there are high grade scorers and low grade scorers. Competitive students become angered if there is no grade curve to ensure there are losers.

    Subsequently, LOST HORIZON (1973) was considered sentimental, sappy, wildly unrealistic, a ridiculous fantasy, and an illusion of life in Heaven on Earth. I didn’t try to entertain any metaphysical or existential contemplations on LOST HORIZON. I just enjoyed it for the pleasant musical it was and the simple message of humanity at its most capable spiritually. Perhaps the cynics are right. LOST HORIZON requires human evolution to the next spiritual level. Even if this is true, at least LOST HORIZON gives us a strong vision of what it can be. Maybe living in a real Shangrila as portrayed in the movie would drive most of us nuts with boredom after a month. But I loved the message of politeness, friendliness, ettiquette, courtesy, and lack of deceit between human beings. I know there are people who considered this view a sign of weakness and submissiveness. Only the strong and rude prevail. To the strong come the rewards of wealth, women, fame, power, adulation, and vast material rewards. Yet even recent history shows people who’ve achieved all this are among the most unhappy and live shorter lives. To each his own.

  9. rogerlynn-1
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    why isn’t this great film out on dvd

  10. daumas
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    I don’t know why. I loved this movie and I’m a big fan of Burt Bacharach since I was 11yo in Brazil (Now I’m 45 and living in California).

    And it seems that this "sink" of the movie was one of the (if not the main) reasons that made Burt Bacharach and Hall David split. Later in the 90s they reconciled.

    But like everybody else here, I never understood why we don’t have this movie in DVD yet.

    Let’s do something, guys!

    Gustavo ([email protected])

  11. Anonymous
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  12. Anonymous
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  13. damienrecords
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    http://www.rarefilmclassics.com/RossHuntersLOSTHORIZON.html

    The world worships the original. Nobody likes a copy.

  14. Anonymous
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  15. DryToast
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    It goes back and forth between mono and stereo, but I believe these m4a files contain all the music heard in the movie including underscoring.

    http://www.divshare.com/download/7516787-ff5

    I’ve been married to one Marxist and one Fascist, and neither one would take the garbage out.

  16. Anonymous
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  17. cliffcarson-1
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    If I had known beforehand that there was going to be a discussion on this film, I would have made preparations to film it in another way.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThNHOHjVhwQ

  18. cliffcarson-1
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    After the initial previews of LOST HORIZON several scenes and songs were cut from the final film. This song occurred midway through the film when the character Sally Hughes played by Sally Kellerman sings a reprise of LIVING TOGETHER, GROWING TOGETHER to George Kennedy. It’s a livelier upbeat version than the one in the film. This hasn’t been heard in 26 years. Though the film was a critical and financial failure in the U.S, it made alot of money overseas.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YllDN1U0l_s&feature=channel_page

  19. sauronbaggins
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    Any more news on the DVD?

  20. cliffcarson-1
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    As a double DVD set with the original sources say.

    http://www.iadvertiseme.com/blog/index.php?option=com_content&view =article&id=66:lost-horizon-1973-burt-bacharach-classic-due-for-dv d-release&catid=77:movies

  21. Anonymous
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  22. sauronbaggins
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    Am looking for a copy of this movie on DVD, can anyone help ?

  23. Anonymous
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  24. sauronbaggins
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    Does anyone have a copy they could send as my dvd is badly scratched?

  25. cliffcarson-1
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    I don’t care what the critics said at the time. I read the reviews and I know their reasons. Lost Horizon was unfairly judged. Blame it partly on the times. This film was released in March of 1973, post CABARET. At that time a film with romantic pop musical sentiment didn’t have a chance. Producer ROSS HUNTER and composer BURT BACHARACH had long been a target of people who resented their success. Both of them stuck their necks out in attempting to remake a classic. Especially one that contains the greatest romantic scene in all screen history like the one between Colman and Wyatt. For years both Hunter and Bacharach had enjoyed years of success. Hunter just coming off the biggest blockbuster in Universals history, AIRPORT. Critics thought they were right in criticizing that film too and yet AIRPORT defied the bad reviews. Let’s face it, a film that is a romantic anti war musical fantasy is an easy target and probably the most difficult genre to pull off. LOST HORIZON is the only film ever made that can claim to be an anti war musical fantasy. The ONLY film. On top of that LH has a strong story and an important message. As a quirky pop musical it can be enjoyed more now than it was in 1973 and for a variety of reasons. Yeah, it’s a camp riot, but it can also be relished for the message of SHANGRI-LA! How can anyone not be uplifted by this 1973 version, for whatever reason. It’s a beautiful important story. Why shouldn’t every generation have their version and concept of Shangri-La? Every mans Shangri-La is different. LOST HORIZON ’73 is a classic that should always be revisited in one form or another.

    As a musical it is one of the most unique musical films ever produced. Yeah, it’s old fashion corn, but it also has that late 60′ and early 70’s feel to it. It boasts a unique international cast that is nothing short of being at the best time of their lives and careers.

    Best of all, it is a Burt Bacharach/Hal David musical. That alone makes it original.

  26. Anonymous
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  27. rlrblademan07
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    Ross Hunter a great producer at Universal had many hits at that studio: Pillow Talk, Imitation Of Life,

    Back Street, Lover Come Back, Midnight Lace, Portrait in Black, Madame X, Airport, Magnificent Obsession, etc, and worked with Rock Hudson, Susan Hayward, Dean Martin, Lana Turner, Jane Wyman, Sandra Dee, John Gavin, Julie Andrews, Roz Russell and made a fortune for that studio.

    Hunter had a great feel for the legendary lady stars such as Myrna Loy, Connie Bennett, Anna May Wong, Bea Lillie, Gloria Swanson, etc and cast them in his films,..and tried but failed to get Greer Garson, irene Dunne, back on the screen. Hunter always found a role in all of his films for the fine character actress Virginia Grey.

    In particular Hunter took Lana Turner who after the Stompanato murder almost finished in Hollywood and with ‘Imitation of Life’ Lana became bigger than ever!

    Hunter then segued after his great Universal career– and in particular working with Doris Day, Lana Turner, Rock Hudson, Sandra Dee and John Gavin making their films and those films making Universal a strong studio– to Columbia, and took the classic Frank Capra movie ‘Lost Horizon’ and tried to make it into a musical…an error…the casting, the music, all wrong for the mellowness of the Capra film. True to form, Hunter tried to get Jean Arthur or Barbara Stanwyck back to the movies on Lost Horizon and both legends declined; they made the right decision.

    After Hunter left Universal his great era ended…but what a run it was when it was going on!

  28. foxm007
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    you might want to drop a note to:

    michael_schlesinger(at)spe.sony.com

    "They can send any notes to me, and I guarantee they’ll be forwarded to the Powers That Be. Even a handful of letters can indeed make an impact."

    C’mon … let’s get this great-terrible musical monstrosity out there. Maybe At Long Last Love won’t be far behind?

    There’s still a few cast members still among us who might even be persuaded to do a commentary: Michael York, Olivia Hussey (well, probably not), George Kennedy…

    If Fox has the nerve to release Myra Breckenridge as a tricked-out special edition, Sony should be able to give us this in at least a bare-bones anamorphic widescreen edition that I’m sure would sell well enough.

  29. mylesag
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    I LOVE this movie; but it could stand a remake!! I want a remake. DOes anybody else?

  30. sauronbaggins
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    Is anybody else confident about the release of this on DVD?

    Having sent an email to the guy from Columbia Pictures whose email address is on this board, i feel that we may get a release of this FINALLY

  31. Anonymous
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  33. TheRuralJuror
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    Gotta say. I’m excited

    How lovely to be in olden times? Have you heard of this Picasso fellow? -James Cameron

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