1973 Musical Movie

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Ross Hunter



Charles Jarrott

6 June 1927 -

Writer: Larry Kramer

Music and Lyrics

Burt Bacharach



Hal David


Including MIDIs specially contracted and created for this site from a professional MIDI musician.

Acting Cast

Category: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Director: Charles Jarrott
Cast: Charles Boyer, Peter Finch, John Gielgud, Olivia Hussey, Liv Ullmann, Michael York
Running Time: 2 hr 23 mins
Rating: G
A diplomat discovers Shangri-La, a kingdom of peace and immortality, in this musical remake of Frank Capra's classic

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Filming Locations for Lost Horizon

Tucson, Arizona, USA  (airport scenes)

Bronson Canyon, Los Angeles, California
Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA

Bronson Canyon

Mount Hood, Oregon, USA

Cascade Mountains, Washington, USA

Columbia/Warner Bros. Ranch, Burbank, California, USA

The castle set from Camelot (1967) was recycled and used as the lamasery. This was the first motion picture that Columbia Pictures filmed after it moved onto the Warner Bros. Studio Lot in 1972, creating The Burbank Studios to facilitate both production companies. For "Lost Horizon's" mythical setting of Shangri-La, the medieval turrets of the Camelot castle on the studio's main back-lot were removed and replaced with Tibetan gables to simulate Himalayan Buddhist monasteries. Most of the lower levels of the castle remained intact, and the courtyard was replaced with layered steppes and fountains. This set remained on the studio's back-lot for several years before it was torn down to make way for a new office building, and it can be seen in many episodes of "Kung Fu," in which it was often used as an exterior set.

The following 3 photographs are used by permission of Paul Marks. They show the "castle" set used in "Lost Horizon" (the remake) and "Kung Fu" (the television series).


Warner Brothers Studio Back Lot

Burt Bacharach introduces the show
Burt Bacharach in Shangri-La



Lake Chelan, Washington, USA

Malibu Creek State Park - 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, California, USA

Technical Specifications

Film negative format (mm/video inches)
35 mm

Cinematographic process
Panavision (anamorphic)

Printed film format
35 mm

Aspect ratio
2.35 : 1


150 min (original release)






Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1 more

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) / Mono (35 mm prints)

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Literature for Lost Horizon (1973)
Original Literary Source
Hilton, James. Lost Horizon

Release dates
Country - Date
Sweden - 19 September 1973
Finland - 23 November 1973

Business Data

$6m (USA)

$3m (USA)

Lost Horizon (1973)

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cover Directed by
Charles Jarrott 

Writing credits
James Hilton (I)  (novel)
Larry Kramer (I) 

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Genre: Fantasy / Musical (more)

Plot Summary: This retelling of the classic tale of James Hilton's Utopian lost world ... (more) (view trailer)

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Lost Horizon

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User Rating: ****______ 4.2/10 (273 votes) 

Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color (Metrocolor)
Sound Mix: Mono
Certification: Finland:K-12 / Sweden:11 / USA:G

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Opening Credits
Burt Bacharach in Shangri-La
TV special

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