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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. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:March 17, 1973


Peter Finch
as Richard Conway
Liv Ullmann
as Catherine
Sally Kellerman
as Sally Hughes
George Kennedy
as Sam Cornelius
Michael York
as George conway
Olivia Hussey
as Maria
Larry Duran
as Oriental Pilot
Hedley Mattingly
Kent Smith
Miiko Taka
John van Dreelen
John Gielgud
as Chang
Bobby Van
as Harry Lovett
James Shigeta
as Brother To-Lenn
Charles Boyer
as The High Lama
Larry Duran
as Oriental Pilot
James Shigeta
as Brother To-Lenn
John Gielgud
as Chang
Bobby Van
as Harry Lovett


Charles Jarrott
Ross Hunter
Larry Kramer
Robert Surtees
Burt Bacharach
Composer (Music Score)
Burt Bacharach
Musical Direction/Supervision
Leo Shuken
Musical Arrangement
Maury Winetrobe
Dan Wallin
Jacque Mapes
Associate Producer
Jerry Wunderlich
Set Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
Jack Solomon
Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Piantadosi
Sound/Sound Designer
Sheldon Schrager
First Assistant Director
Bruce Surtees
Camera Operator
Hermes Pan
Burt Bacharach