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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Biography, Drama | 11 December 1962 (UK)
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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.

Director:

David Lean

Writers:

T.E. Lawrence (writings), Robert Bolt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Movies #109 | Won 7 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... T.E. Lawrence
Alec Guinness ... Prince Faisal
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
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Storyline

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 Jwelch5742

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From the creators of "The Bridge on the River Kwai." See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

During filming, Peter O'Toole visited Bethlehem. He was unmoved by the experience, calling it "Christ commercialized." See more »

Goofs

The motorcycle seen at the start and end of the film is a Brough Superior SS100. This brand was considered to be the Rolls Royce of motorcycles, with much of it fabricated by hand. The price was roughly equivalent of a year's salary for the average middle class Briton. Despite this, T.E. Lawrence managed to collect eight of them.

The motorcycle seen in the film does not match the actual bike ridden by Lawrence. The last of the eight - a model with twin exhausts - had been ordered and was still being built at the time of Lawrence's death. The motorcycle seen in the film roughly corresponds to the eighth bike, which Lawrence never received. Besides having twin exhausts, they are straight rather having a flared design. 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 in here?
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Crazy Credits

The "Columbia" logo that begins the feature is still in original version. However, some versions (like the general theatrical release) replaces it with a animated one. See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.S. 1983 Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED), also commonly known RCA Selectavision Videodisc contains the 1970 theatrical re-release version which was rated "G" by the MPAA. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.72 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

That Is The Desert
Music by Maurice Jarre
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Maurice Jarre
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possibly one of the greatest films ever made
5 November 2005 | by amostomSee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Arabic | Turkish

Release Date:

11 December 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lawrence of Arabia See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,846, 22 September 2002

Gross USA:

$45,306,425

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,715,557
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Horizon Pictures (II) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(re-release) (1970) | (cut) (1962) (theatrical) | (premiere) | (1988) (restored)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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