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Director:
Writers (WGA):
T.E. Lawrence (writings)
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Release Date:
11 December 1962 (UK) See more »
Tagline:
A Mighty Motion Picture Of Action And Adventure! See more »
Plot:
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 7 Oscars. Another 23 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)

Charles Gray ... General Allenby (voice) (uncredited)

James Hayter ... Arab Sheikh 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)
Ernie Rice ... Mourner at St. Paul's (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)
Joe Marks .... second 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
Geoff R. Brown .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Malcolm Cooke .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Beryl Mortimer .... foley artist (uncredited)
Stan Phillips .... boom operator (uncredited)
Terry Sharratt .... boom operator (uncredited)
Malcolm Stewart .... sound (uncredited)
Don Wortham .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Richardson .... special effects
Antonio Baquero .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Wally Veevers .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Graydon .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Frank Hayden .... stunts (uncredited)
Geoffrey Last .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge .... stunts (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)
Claudio Gómez Grau .... still photographer (uncredited)
Brian Harris .... clapper / loader (uncredited)
Mark Kaufman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Kevin Kavanagh .... focus puller (uncredited)
Tim Murphy .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Len Prout .... gaffer (uncredited)
Dick Savery .... grip (uncredited)
Bob Stilwell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Alex Thomson .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Mike Tomlin .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Felix Trimboli .... camera operator (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)
 
Location Management
Douglas Twiddy .... location manager
Phil Hobbs .... location caterer (uncredited)
Eva Monley .... location manager (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
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)
Robert A. Harris .... producer: 1989 film restoration (uncredited)
Noreen Hipwell .... production secretary (uncredited)
Bert Holliday .... mechanic (uncredited)
R.C. Hutt .... military advisor (uncredited)
James C. Katz .... producer: 1989 film restoration (uncredited)
Mildred McCarger .... production representative (uncredited)
Grace McCorrey .... production secretary (uncredited)
Jean Menz .... secretary: Mr. Spiegel (uncredited)
Hugh Miller .... dialogue coach (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:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | 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) (PCA #20334) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1988) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Various members of the film's crew portrayed minor characters. First assistant director Roy Stevens played the truck driver who transports Lawrence and Farraj to the Cairo HQ at the end of Act I; the Sergeant who stops Lawrence and Farraj ("Where do you think you're going to, Mustapha?") is construction assistant, Fred Bennett; and screenwriter Robert Bolt has a wordless cameo as one of the officers watching Allenby and Lawrence confer in the courtyard (he is smoking a pipe). Steve Birtles, the film's gaffer, plays the motorcyclist at the Suez Canal; David Lean himself is rumoured to be the voice shouting "Who are you?" Finally, continuity girl Barbara Cole appears as one of the nurses in the Damascus hospital scene.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: At the end of the film, the army truck passing Lawrence's car in the opposite direction (after the motorcycle passes by) is a modern cab-forward design not seen in that era.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?
See more »
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Soundtrack:
In Whose Name Do You Ride?See more »

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231 out of 291 people found the following review useful.
Review-proof, 23 December 2004
Author: rbhagwat from United States

I first saw this movie on a scratchy VHS almost twenty years ago (I was 10). Liked it (sort of-enjoyed the battle scenes and the train blowing up), but didn't understand why my dad was so crazy about it.

The next time was on laserdisc (remember those?) almost 10 years ago and I was hooked. I finally got it - the conflict, the performances, the music, the dialogue - all mesmerising.

But it was only in 2002, when I saw the 40th-anniversary reissue on 70mm that I was completely blown away seeing the scale, the enormity of Lean's accomplishment. There were scenes that gave me goosepimples (the opening credits, the cut from the matchstick to the desert sunrise, "nothing is written" - others too numerous to mention).

The point of this rather rambling review is this - a movie that can evoke such passion in its admirers stands by itself, beyond reviews or criticism. If you haven't seen it yet I envy you, because you get to experience it for the first time.

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