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Lost Horizon (1937)




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This film opens on a chaotic Chinese airfield. As hordes of bandits approach, hundreds of refugees scramble to board the last plane out. Only five people make it. As the plane flies, the passengers realize that they heading in the wrong direction. They are being kidnapped -- but why?

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Ronald Colman
as Robert Conway
Jane Wyatt
as Sondra
John Howard
as George Conway
as Maria
Edward Everett Horton
as Alexander P. Lovett
Thomas Mitchell
as Henry Barnard
Isabel Jewell
as Gloria Stone
Sam Jaffe
as High Lama
Hugh Buckler
as Lord Gainsford
David Torrence
as Prime Minister
John Miltern
as Carstairs
Max Rabinowitz
as Seiveking
Jeremy Irons Sr.
as Assistant Foreign Secretary
John Tettener
as Montaigne
Boyd Irwin
as Assistant Foreign Secretary
Leonard Mudie
as Senior Foreign Secretary
David Clyde
as Steward
Wryley Birch
as Missionary
Noble Johnson
as Leader of porters
George Chan
as Chinese priest
Eric Wilton
as Englishman
Richard Loo
as Shanghai Airport official
Willie Fung
as Bandit leader
Beatrice Curtis
as Passenger
Mary Lou Dix
as Passenger
Beatrice Blinn
as Passenger
Margaret McWade
as Missionary
Arthur Rankin
as Passenger
Henry Mowbray
as Englishman
Wedgewood Nowell
as Englishman
Ruth Robinson
as Missionary
Carl Stockdale
as Missionary
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Critic Reviews for Lost Horizon

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

Great directors are perhaps best understood by their failures, and such is the case with "Lost Horizon.

January 4, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a movie that shows Ronald Coleman at his very best.

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

A very handsome, often exciting, and occasionally preposterous film. With Ronald Colman. Young people will enjoy the adventure sequences, which are superb.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

A thought-provoking drama that's worth watching if for no other reason than to be aware of this culturally significant film. It did, after all, give us the name 'Shangri-La,' which has since become synonymous with a utopian paradise on earth.

January 15, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Capra's most challenging film is both naive and pleasantly uplifting.

January 23, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Boasting great production values, Frank Capra's film is still one of the most cherished fables made during the Depression era.

March 13, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lost Horizon

Buddha Shrugged. I think the story Gainesburg tells at the end would make a better movie than this one.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

This is my favourtie movie of 1937. It's long, but it's worth it. It has a great story of a group of people who get stranded on an island and discover it's a utopia. I love it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


It's easy to forget that Lost Horizon is a Frank Capra movie. It has very little of the concentrated feel good quality that most of his other movies have. It's definitely a good movie but definitely not his defining work. Sam Jaffe was incredibly frightening as the High Lama. Picture Mason Verger from Hannibal raping Yoda and this guy would be the baby. I don't like how the story seemed to get rushed in the last 15 minutes and just left at that or how some of the more major characters were just kind of cut short with hushed resolution. Even if the movie was fully restored I don't think that could save it. Don't get me wrong, Lost Horizon is still a good movie, just not quintessential Capra.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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