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Director:
Writers (WGA):
T.E. Lawrence (writings)
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Release Date:
10 December 1962 (UK) See more »
Tagline:
A Mighty Motion Picture Of Action And Adventure! See more »
Plot:
A flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during his World War I service in the Middle East. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 7 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter O'Toole ... T.E. Lawrence

Alec Guinness ... Prince Feisal

Anthony Quinn ... Auda Abu Tayi

Jack Hawkins ... General Allenby

Omar Sharif ... Sherif Ali

José Ferrer ... Turkish Bey (as Jose Ferrer)

Anthony Quayle ... Colonel Brighton

Claude Rains ... Mr. Dryden

Arthur Kennedy ... Jackson Bentley

Donald Wolfit ... General Murray
I.S. Johar ... Gasim
Gamil Ratib ... Majid
Michel Ray ... Farraj
John Dimech ... Daud
Zia Mohyeddin ... Tafas
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Medical Officer (as Howard Marion Crawford)

Jack Gwillim ... Club Secretary
Hugh Miller ... R.A.M.C. Colonel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Rietty ... Majid (voice)
John Barry ... MP in Map Room (uncredited)
Bruce Beeby ... Captain at Officer's Club (uncredited)
Fred Bennett ... Sergeant at Cairo Headquarters (uncredited)
John Bennett ... (uncredited)
Steve Birtles ... Motor Bike Rider (uncredited)
Robert Bolt ... Officer with Pipe Gazing at Lawrence (uncredited)

Peter Burton ... Sheik in Arab Council (uncredited)
J.R.M. Chapman ... Extra (uncredited)
Tim Clutterbuck ... Turkish Pilot (uncredited)
Barbara Cole ... Nurse (uncredited)
John Crewdson ... Turkish Pilot (uncredited)
Basil Dignam ... Cavalry General at Field Briefing (uncredited)
Peter Dukelow ... Driver in Cairo (uncredited)
Mohamed El Habachi ... Talal (uncredited)
Kenneth Fortescue ... Allenby's Aide (uncredited)
Harry Fowler ... William Potter (uncredited)
James Hayter ... Arab Shiek at Council (uncredited)
Jack Hedley ... Reporter at Lawrence's Funeral (uncredited)
Rafael Hernández ... Turkish Soldier (uncredited)
Bert Holliday ... Driver (uncredited)
Noel Howlett ... Vicar at St. Paul's (uncredited)
Cher Kaoiu ... Khitan of Aleppo (uncredited)
Patrick Kavanagh ... Staff Major - Murray's Aide (uncredited)

David Lean ... Motorcyclist by Suez Canal (uncredited)
Ian MacNaughton ... Michael George Hartley (uncredited)
Clive Morton ... Artillery General at Field Briefing (uncredited)
Daniel Moynihan ... Officer in Officer's Club (uncredited)
Henry Oscar ... Reciter (uncredited)

George Plimpton ... Bedouin (uncredited)
Bryan Pringle ... Driver (uncredited)
Kamal Rashid ... Auda's Son (uncredited)
John Robinson ... Infantry General at Field Briefing (uncredited)

Norman Rossington ... Corporal Jenkins (uncredited)
John Ruddock ... Elder Harith (uncredited)
Fernando Sancho ... Turkish Sergeant (uncredited)
Stuart Saunders ... Regimental Sergeant Major (uncredited)
Cyril Shaps ... Bartender in Officer's Club (uncredited)
Roy Stevens ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Barry Warren ... Two British Officers / Arab Sheik (uncredited)

Directed by
David Lean 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
T.E. Lawrence (writings)

Robert Bolt (screenplay)

Michael Wilson  screenplay (originally uncredited: credit restored in 1978 by WGA)

Produced by
Sam Spiegel .... producer
David Lean .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young (director of photography) (as F.A. Young)
 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Production Design by
John Box 
 
Art Direction by
John Stoll 
Anthony Masters (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Dario Simoni (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
 
Makeup Department
Charles E. Parker .... makeup (as Charles Parker)
A.G. Scott .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
John Palmer .... production manager
R.L.M. Davidson .... production manager (uncredited)
Tadeo Villalba .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Noël Howard .... second unit director (as Noel Howard)
André Smagghe .... second unit director (as Andre Smagghe)
Roy Stevens .... assistant director
Bryan Coates .... second assistant director (uncredited)
André De Toth .... second unit director (uncredited)
Benchekroun Larbi .... assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
David Tringham .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Fred Bennett .... construction assistant
Peter Dukelow .... construction manager
Eddie Fowlie .... property master
Terence Marsh .... assistant art director (as T. Marsh)
George Richardson .... assistant art director (as G. Richardson)
Tony Rimmington .... assistant art director (as A. Rimmington)
Roy Rossotti .... assistant art director (as R. Rossotti)
Dario Simoni .... set dresser
José Algueró .... assistant art director: Spain (uncredited)
Charles Bishop .... sketch artist (uncredited)
David Fowlie .... assistant property master (uncredited)
John Graysmark .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Edward Rodrigo .... production buyer (uncredited)
Wallis Smith .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Peter Spencer .... chargehand props (uncredited)
Roy Stannard .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Roy Walker .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound dubbing
Paddy Cunningham .... sound recordist
Winston Ryder .... sound editor
Malcolm Cooke .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Beryl Mortimer .... foley artist (uncredited)
Stan Phillips .... boom operator (uncredited)
Terry Sharratt .... boom operator (uncredited)
Don Wortham .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Richardson .... special effects
Wally Veevers .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Geoffrey Last .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunt double: Peter O'Toole (uncredited)
Dan Wilmott .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
D.J. Wimott .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Terry Yorke .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Archie Dansie .... chief electrician
Ernest Day .... camera operator
Skeets Kelly .... second unit photography
Peter Newbrook .... second unit photography
Nicolas Roeg .... second unit photography
Ronald Anscombe .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Steve Birtles .... gaffer (uncredited)
Peter Carey .... gaffer (uncredited)
Kenneth Danvers .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ceri Davies .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mike Fox .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Ginger Gemmel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mark Kaufman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Kevin Kavanagh .... focus puller (uncredited)
Tim Murphy .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Dick Savery .... grip (uncredited)
Bob Stilwell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Alex Thomson .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Mike Tomlin .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Les Wiggins .... camera technician (uncredited)
Mervyn Wilson .... focus puller (uncredited)
Kenneth J. Withers .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Wilson-Apperson .... wardrobe
José Luis de las Heras .... wardrobe assistant (Spain) (uncredited)
Charles Guerin .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Anne V. Coates .... editorial consultant (1989 restoration)
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
Ray Lovejoy .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Norman Savage .... associate editor (uncredited)
Aidan Stanford .... color timer (2002 restoration) (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Adrian Boult .... conductor (as Sir Adrian Boult)
Gerard Schurmann .... orchestrator
Lawrence Ashmore .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice Jarre .... conductor (uncredited)
Morris Stoloff .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Lucie Svehlova .... orchestra leader: Tadlow re-recording (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Peter Middlemiss .... transportation manager (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Cole .... continuity
Douglas Twiddy .... location manager
Nicole Apoteker .... production secretary: Morocco (uncredited)
Raif Asharif .... veterinarian (uncredited)
Barbara Back .... production secretary: Morocco (uncredited)
Peter Beale .... office runner (uncredited)
John Breslin .... dialect advisor (uncredited)
Marie Budberg .... researcher (uncredited)
Jock Dalgleish .... liaison officer (uncredited)
John Dunkley .... office runner (uncredited)
Richard Ford .... mechanic: Rolls Royce (uncredited)
Josie Fulford .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Hamdan Hamid .... riding instructor (uncredited)
Noreen Hipwell .... production secretary (uncredited)
Phil Hobbs .... location caterer (uncredited)
Bert Holliday .... mechanic (uncredited)
R.C. Hutt .... military advisor (uncredited)
Mildred McCarger .... production representative (uncredited)
Grace McCorrey .... production secretary (uncredited)
Jean Menz .... secretary: Mr. Spiegel (uncredited)
Hugh Miller .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Eva Monley .... location manager (uncredited)
Eva Monley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Pat Moon .... production secretary (uncredited)
Pamela Moore .... production secretary (uncredited)
Anthony Nutting .... technical advisor (uncredited)
L.E.M. Perowne .... military advisor (uncredited)
Otto Plaschkes .... production assistant (uncredited)
Eustace Shipman .... medical doctor (uncredited)
Norman Spencer .... assistant: Mr. Lean (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... wrangler (uncredited)
Jeremy Taylor .... horse master (uncredited)
Lew Thornburn .... representative: London (uncredited)
Lee Turner .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
David White .... production accountant (uncredited)
Maureen Whitty .... production secretary (uncredited)
John R. Woolfenden .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jon Davison .... special thanks (1989 restoration)
David Lean .... special thanks (1989 restoration) (as Sir David Lean)
Martin Scorsese .... special thanks (1989 restoration)
Steven Spielberg .... special thanks (1989 restoration)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
216 min | UK:228 min (director's cut) | UK:187 min (1970 re-release) | UK:210 min (original version) | UK:222 min (premiere version) | USA:227 min (restored roadshow version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (RCA Sound Recording) (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints) (original version) | 4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (35 mm) (original version)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (Original rating) | Australia:M (Special Edition DVD) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:12 | Ireland:PG | Ireland:12 (Blu-ray rating) | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Norway:15 (director's cut) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:12 (Blu-ray rating) | UK:A (original rating: 222m) (passed with cuts) | USA:PG | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | USA:G (edited version) | USA:Approved (original release) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1988) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The role of Sherif Ali was originally intended for Horst Buchholz but he was forced to turn it down owing to his commitment to Billy Wilder's movie One, Two, Three (1961). Second choice Alain Delon tested successfully but suffered problems with the brown contact lenses required for the role. Maurice Ronet was then cast but was replaced after difficulties with his French accent and his Arabian dress (Lean complained "He looked like me walking around in drag").See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Further to the change of the shadow position during the "drifting" scene, this shot is of an apparent evening/dusk period where the shadow is almost directly under the camel, revealing it to be a "day-for-night" shot which must therefore have taken place near noon.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Colonel Brighton:He was the most extraordinary man I ever knew.
Vicar at St. Paul's:Did you know him well?
Colonel Brighton:I knew him.
Vicar at St. Paul's:Well nil nisi bonum. But did he really deserve a place here?
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Soundtrack:
Arrival At Auda's CamoSee more »

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319 out of 440 people found the following review useful.
a memento from the days when they made real movies, 15 June 1999

It is, in a way, depressing to watch this movie today. One winds up contrasting it with the sort of technologically slick and aesthetically shallow spectacles, like "Titanic", that garner the sort of adulation that a truly great movie like "Lawrence" received in its day, and one realizes how far we have fallen.

Ignore David Lean's painterly technique, the way he fills the screen like a canvas. Ignore Freddie Young's stunning cinematography in fulfillment of Lean's vision. Ignore the fabulous score by Maurice Jarre. Ignore the stupendous cast. Ignore the topnotch script.

What we have, beyond all this, is an absolutely gripping and psychologically perplexing character study of a uniquely enigmatic individual that keeps us on the edge of our seats for the full length of the movie. "Lawrence", at over 200 minutes, goes by faster than many a movie of half its length, due to Lean's brilliant pacing and direction, and superb acting all around. To make a comparison in the world of music, this movie, like Mahler's 8th symphony, is a universe contained within itself.

Of course, it is an exercise in self-denial and philistinism to watch this movie in anything other than the wide-screen - or "letterbox" - format, due to Lean's complete use of every inch of the wide screen. To watch it otherwise is to miss half of Lean's intention.

To use a hackneyed phrase, they simply don't make 'em like this anymore.

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