After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. Written by
Jackson Bentley was based on famed American journalist Lowell Thomas, who helped make Lawrence famous with accounts of his bravery. However, Thomas was at the time a young man who spent only a few days (or weeks at most) with Lawrence in the field - unlike Bentley, who is depicted as a cynical middle-aged Chicago newspaperman who is present during the whole of Lawrence's later campaigns. Bentley was the narrator in Michael Wilson's original script, but Robert Bolt reduced his role significantly for the final script. Thomas did not start reporting on Lawrence until after the end of World War I, and held Lawrence in high regard, unlike Bentley, who seems to view Lawrence in terms of a story he can write about. See more »
Feisal gives Lawrence 50 men to take on Aqaba, but the group is never seen to have more than 30, even in long shots that show the entire group. See more »
This film requires no introduction. It's one of the greatest movies
ever made if not the best. Truly inspiring. It leaves me with the
feeling that I would have liked to have met Lawrence but being born 37
years after his death regrettably this will never happen! I went to see
the movie in the National Film Theatre, London in order to see the
panorama on the big screen. Well worth the trip even if you have seen
the movie on DVD. He was arguably one of the greatest englishmen to
walk the earth. Why doesn't anyone make films like this anymore?! Thank
God for David Lean's work. Looking forward to viewing this film again
and again on DVD.
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