Lost Horizon (1973)

Genres - Fantasy, Musical, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Fantasy  |   Release Date - Mar 17, 1973 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 150 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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James Hilton's beloved fantasy novel about the land of Shangri-La was given an awkward musical treatment in this extravagantly produced flop. Larry Kramer's screenplay stays close to the 1937 Frank Capra original, as a plane fleeing China crashes in the Himalayas and a mixed group of survivors discovers the magical, peaceful land of Shangri-La. Here the film becomes a full-fledged musical, with songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David illustrating the distant realm's nature and the conflict that happiness causes amongst the survivors. Curiosity-seekers may be intrigued by the film's reputation as a notorious dud, but fans of the story would be better served by the classic original, despite a cast of well-respected names, including Peter Finch (in the Ronald Colman role), John Gielgud, Liv Ullmann, and Charles Boyer.

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accident, crash, dance [art], diplomat, escape, fantasy-world, foreign, hijacker, immortality, kidnapping, kingdom, lost, lost-civilization, rescue, revolution, songwriter