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Lawrence of Arabia
- Peter O'Toole

Overview - David Lean's masterpiece, perhaps the greatest of screen epics, stars Peter O'Toole in one of the most electrifying debuts in film history. The film is less an ordinary adventure than an experience that leaves an overwhelming sense memory of the struggle between two powerful forces: the Arabian deserts, immense, intractable, ever-shifting, punishing; and T.E.  Read more...

 
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Overview

David Lean's masterpiece, perhaps the greatest of screen epics, stars Peter O'Toole in one of the most electrifying debuts in film history. The film is less an ordinary adventure than an experience that leaves an overwhelming sense memory of the struggle between two powerful forces: the Arabian deserts, immense, intractable, ever-shifting, punishing; and T.E. Lawrence, humble as a monk, flamboyant as a rock star, protean, polymathic, heroic, enigmatic, mad. While working on the staff of British Intelligence in Cairo in 1916, Lawrence's fluency in Arabic earns him a post on a mission sent to establish contact with Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness), leader of the Arab revolt and ally of the British against the German-sponsored Turks in WWI. Impressed by Lawrence's knowledge of their culture, the prince allows the young officer to join his staff, and Lawrence quickly earns the Arabs' respect after he executes acts of extraordinary heroism. As the Englishman's genius for guerrilla warfare becomes evident, he assumes the role of de facto leader of the Arab revolt, uniting the heretofore warring tribes into a devastatingly effective weapon. But the chaos of war also unleashes the repressed officer's powerful need for self-abasement and mortification of the flesh. A visionary work that unfolds one indelible image after another, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA fuses the conflict of man against man, man against nature, and man against himself into a sublime poem of force. The film features a literate script by Robert Bolt and an outstanding cast, which also includes Claude Rains, Jack Hawkins, Arthur Kennedy, Anthony Quinn, Jose Ferrer, and Omar Sharif in his unforgettable desert-crossing debut.

Awards:
1962 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) Winner
1962 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner
1962 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1962 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Winner
1962 - Academy Awards - Best Original Score Winner
1962 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1962 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner

Cast List

Maurice Jarre - Composer, GHOST (1990)
David Lean - British Director/Producer/Editor, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
Sir David Lean - British Director/Producer/Editor, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
T.E. Lawrence - British soldier and writer, known as "Lawrence of Arabia"
Sam Spiegel - Producer
S. P. Eagle - Producer
John Box
Omar Sharif - Egyptian actor, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
Michael Shalhoub - Egyptian actor, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
Anthony Quinn - Mexican actor, ZORBA THE GREEK
Anthony Rudolph Oaxaca Quinn - Mexican actor, ZORBA THE GREEK
Norman Rossington - British Supporting Actor
Anthony Quayle - British actor, ANNE OF A THOUSAND DAYS
Sir Anthony Quayle - British actor, ANNE OF A THOUSAND DAYS
Gamil Ratib - Actor\Lawrence Of Arabia
Peter O'Toole - Actor, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
Michael Wilson - Screenwriter - BlackListed
Michel Ray - Actor/Lawrence Of Arabia
Claude Rains - British actor, CASABLANCA, NOTORIOUS, MR. SKEFFINGTON
Alec Guinness - British Actor, BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
Sir Alec Guinness - British Actor, BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
Arthur Kennedy - American Actor
José Ferrer - Oscar-winning Puerto Rican Actor, CYRANO DE BERGERAC
Jose Vincente Ferrer de Otero y Cintron - Oscar-winning Puerto Rican Actor, CYRANO DE BERGERAC
Robert Bolt - Screenwriter/Playwright
I.S. Johar
Henry Oscar - British Character Actor
John Stoll - British Art Director
Phyllis Dalton
Robert A. Harris - Producer
John Ruddock
Hugh Miller
Jack Hawkins - British Actor
Donald Wolfit - British Actor, BECKET (1964), LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
Sir Donald Wolfit - British Actor, BECKET (1964), LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
Fernando Sancho
Anne V. Coates - Editor
Freddie Young - British Director Of Photography
Frederick A. Young - British Director Of Photography
F. A. Young - British Director Of Photography

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 228
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396094314
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: August 2005

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Synopsis:
This classic film was based on the real-life exploits of legendary British scholar and soldier T.E. Lawrence. Stationed in Cairo in 1916, Lawrence languished in the mapmaking department of British Intelligence until he was asked to find and gather information on Prince Feisal, leader of the Arab Allied forces in World War I. His desert journey inspired his first military success when he led a small contingent of Arabs against the Turkish stronghold of Aqaba. Lawrence's military career flourished as he attempted to forge a new, united Arab nation out of squabbling tribes.

Notes:
Theatrical release: November 1962 (England), after a premiere for Queen Elizabeth. Theatrical release: December 16, 1962 (USA). Filmed at Shepperton Studios in Middlesex, England, and on location in Jebel Tubeiq and Wadi Rhumm, Jordan; in Sevilla, Spain; Aqaba, Turkey; and in Morocco. The three-year project completed shooting in October 1962. Estimated budget: $13-15 million. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991. John Ford was originally slated to direct the film, with Alexander Korda attached as producer. Director David Lean died in 1991 shortly after he was awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in March 1990. Academy Award nominations: 10, including Best Actor--Peter O'Toole, Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director. The restored version contains 35 minutes of previously cut footage. Producer Sam Spiegel reportedly wanted Marlon Brando for the role of T.E. Lawrence, but he was already occupied with MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. Albert Finney was also offered the role but declined because he didn't "want to be a star." (American Film, March 1990) Director David Lean once described T.E. Lawrence as "a fascinating character. This Oxford don on camelback--I mean, it was absolutely nutty. Sort of intellectual, with a gang of Arabs on camels, you know." (American Film, March 1990) LAWRENCE OF ARABIA was named Best Film of 1963 by Italy's David Awards, Best Foreign Film of 1963 by Japan's Kinema Jumpo, and Best English Language Film of 1962 by the National Film Board. Lean received Italy's Silver Ribbon Award and Japan's Kinema Jumpo Award for Best Director of 1963. He was also named Best Director of 1962 by the National Film Board. Peter O'Toole received Italy's David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor of 1963. Sources for the film included SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM by Thomas Edward Lawrence REVOLT IN THE DESERT by Lawrence THE ESSENTIAL T.E. LAWRENCE by Lawrence (with a preface by David Garnett) SECRET DISPATCHES FROM ARABIA by Lawrence CRUSADER CASTLES by Lawrence THE DIARY OF T.E. LAWRENCE by Lawrence LA BIBLIOTHEQUE IDEALE: T.E. LAWRENCE by Lawrence THE HOME LETTERS OF T.E. LAWRENCE AND HIS BROTHERS by Lawrence SELECTED LETTERS OF T.E. LAWRENCE by Lawrence (edited by Garnett) THE SELECTED LETTERS OF T.E. LAWRENCE by Lawrence (edited by Irving Howe) THE MINT by Lawrence WITH LAWRENCE IN ARABIA by Lowell Thomas LAWRENCE AND THE ARABS by Robert Graves Chapter 28 of GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Graves LAWRENCE OF ARABIA by Richard Aldington T.E. LAWRENCE IN ARABIA AND AFTER by Basil Liddell Hart HEROES OF THE EMPTY VIEW by James Aldridge THE DESERT AND THE STARS by Flora Armitage T.E. LAWRENCE: BY HIS FRIENDS (edited by A. W. Lawrence) LETTERS TO T.E. LAWRENCE (edited by A. W. Lawrence) LAWRENCE OF ARABIA by Anthony Nutting LAWRENCE OF ARABIA by Alistair MacLean LAWRENCE OF ARABIA by Robert Payne PRIVATE SHAW AND PUBLIC SHAW by Stanley Weintraub

Reviews:
"...LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, restored to its full clarity and magnificence, is one of the Seven Wonders of the cinematic world..." - 02/15/1989 Los Angeles Times, p.C6


"...What a bold, mad act of genius it was, to make LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, or even think that it could be made....It is a spare movie in clean, uncluttered lines..." - 09/02/2001 Chicago Sun-Times, p.4


"...It's pretty damned good..." - 04/06/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.95


"...With grand, sweeping desertscapes, huge battles and Robert Bolt's Oscar-winning dialogue, this is as shockingly beautiful and hugely intelligent as any film ever made..." - 05/01/2000 Total Film, p.102


"The 1962 film won seven Oscars and became a career changer for its star, Peter O'Toole." - 11/26/2009 Los Angeles Times

 
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