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Lawrence of Arabia ()


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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.

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T.E. Lawrence
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Prince Faisal
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Auda Abu Tayi
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General Allenby
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Sherif Ali
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Turkish Bey (as Jose Ferrer)
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Colonel Brighton
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Mr. Dryden
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Jackson Bentley
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General Murray
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Gasim
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Majid
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Farraj
John Dimech ...
Daud
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Tafas
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Medical Officer (as Howard Marion Crawford)
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Club Secretary
Hugh Miller ...
R.A.M.C. Colonel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Barry ...
MP in Map Room (uncredited)
Bruce Beeby ...
Captain at Officer's Club (uncredited)
Fred Bennett ...
Sergeant at Cairo Headquarters (uncredited)
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Arab Sheik (uncredited)
Steve Birtles ...
Motor Bike Rider (uncredited)
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Officer with Pipe Gazing at Lawrence (uncredited)
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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)
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Cavalry General at Field Briefing (uncredited)
Peter Dukelow ...
Driver in Cairo (uncredited)
Mohamed El Habachi ...
Talal (uncredited)
Kenneth Fortescue ...
Allenby's Aide (uncredited)
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William Potter (uncredited)
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General Allenby (uncredited) (voice)
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Arab Sheikh at Council (uncredited)
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Reporter at Lawrence's Funeral (uncredited)
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Turkish Soldier (uncredited)
Bert Holliday ...
Driver (uncredited)
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Vicar at St. Paul's (uncredited)
Cher Kaoiu ...
Khitan of Aleppo (uncredited)
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Staff Major - Murray's Aide (uncredited)
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Motorcyclist by Suez Canal (uncredited)
Ned Lynch ...
Mourner (uncredited)
Ian MacNaughton ...
Michael George Hartley (uncredited)
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Artillery General at Field Briefing (uncredited)
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Officer in Officer's Club (uncredited)
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Reciter (uncredited)
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Bedouin (uncredited)
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Driver (uncredited)
Kamal Rashid ...
Auda's Son (uncredited)
Ernie Rice ...
Mourner at St. Paul's (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ...
Majid (uncredited) (voice)
John Robinson ...
Infantry General at Field Briefing (uncredited)
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Corporal Jenkins (uncredited)
John Ruddock ...
Elder Harith (uncredited)
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Turkish Sergeant (uncredited)
Stuart Saunders ...
Regimental Sergeant Major (uncredited)
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Bartender in Officer's Club (uncredited)
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Truck Driver (uncredited)
Barry Warren ...
British Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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David Lean

Written by

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T.E. Lawrence ... (writings)
 
Robert Bolt ... (screenplay)
 
Michael Wilson ... (screenplay) (originally uncredited: credit restored in 1978 by WGA)

Produced by

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Sam Spiegel ... producer
David Lean ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Maurice Jarre

Cinematography by

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Freddie Young ... director of photography (as F.A. Young)

Film Editing by

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Anne V. Coates

Editorial Department

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Anne V. Coates ... editorial consultant (1989 restoration)
Ray Lovejoy ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Eunice Mountjoy ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Norman Savage ... associate editor (uncredited)
Aidan Stanford ... color timer (uncredited) (2002 restoration)

Casting By

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Maude Spector

Production Design by

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John Box

Art Direction by

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John Stoll
Anthony Masters ... (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

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Dario Simoni ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Phyllis Dalton

Makeup Department

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Charles E. Parker ... makeup (as Charles Parker)
A.G. Scott ... hairdresser

Production Management

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John Palmer ... production manager
R.L.M. Davidson ... production manager (uncredited)
Tadeo Villalba ... unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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

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John Cox ... sound dubbing
Paddy Cunningham ... sound recordist
Winston Ryder ... sound editor
John Aldred ... dubbing crew (uncredited)
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

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Cliff Richardson ... special effects
Antonio Baquero ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Wally Veevers ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Peter Brace ... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Buckle ... stunts (uncredited)
Tim Condren ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Cummings ... stunts (uncredited)
John Dick ... stunts (uncredited)
Rupert Evans ... stunts (uncredited)
Keith Fodger ... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Forehead ... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Graydon ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Frank Hayden ... stunts (uncredited)
Geoffrey Last ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Rick Lester ... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell ... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy Reeves ... stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan ... stunt double: Peter O'Toole (uncredited)
Larry Taylor ... stunts (uncredited)
Dan Wilmott ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
D.J. Wimott ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Terry Yorke ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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John Wilson-Apperson ... wardrobe
José Luis de las Heras ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited) (Spain)
Charles Guerin ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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Douglas Twiddy ... location manager
Phil Hobbs ... location caterer (uncredited)
Eva Monley ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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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

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Peter Middlemiss ... transportation manager (uncredited)

Other crew

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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)
Maureen Newman ... assistant production accountant (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

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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)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Lawrence d'Arabie (France)
  • Lawrence von Arabien (Germany)
  • Lawrence d'Aràbia (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Lawrence de Arabia (Spain)
  • Лоуренс Аравiйський (Ukraine)
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Runtime
  • 216 min
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Box Office

Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $77,324,144

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film was banned in many Arab countries as they felt they were misrepresented. Omar Sharif arranged with President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt to view the film to show him there was nothing wrong with the way they were portrayed. Nasser loved the film and allowed it to be released in Egypt where it went on to become a monster hit. See more »
Goofs When Lawrence is being escorted across the desert on his way to Faisal's camp, his Bedu guide offers to share his food with him. Lawrence is somewhat reluctant but is anxious to show that, unlike other Brits, he is at one with the desert people. He reaches into the guide's proffered dish and takes a morsel - but with his left hand, and he does it twice. The Bedu shows no reaction, but he should: among the desert Bedouin tribes, who eat by hand, the left is kept away from the food as it is the hand with which they clean themselves after defecating. It could be that the guide is observing another Bedouin custom, that of warm hospitality and unstinting generosity to strangers, and is too polite to mention the gaffe (he would probably be aware that many outsiders do not know of the taboo), but it is more likely that it is a genuine error. Peter O'Toole is left-handed, and though he goes to great lengths throughout the rest of the movie to do things right-handedly (T.E. Lawrence was right-handed), this was probably a momentary lapse that no one noticed, or thought to mention. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hollywood Burn (2006). See more »
Soundtracks The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits read: Introducing Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence. However, O'Toole had already played very noticeable roles in two feature-length films, the Disney 1960 version of Kidnapped (1960), and The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960). See more »
Quotes [Lawrence has just extinguished a match between his thumb and forefinger. William Potter surreptitiously attempts the same]
William Potter: Ooh! It damn well 'urts!
T.E. Lawrence: Certainly it hurts.
Officer: What's the trick then?
T.E. Lawrence: The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts.
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