Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

David Lean (1962)

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Our Score
This is director David Lean's magisterial portrayal of one of Britain's most enigmatic yet charismatic heroes, TE Lawrence, whose precise role in the Arab revolt against the Turks during the First World War still perplexes military historians. Peter O'Toole's flamboyant performance hints at every aspect of Lawrence's complex character (including his masochistic tendency), while Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson's script develops into a withering satire on the ball-and-socket mentality of Lawrence's superiors, who play the Great Game of Empire by the book. Taking 15 months to shoot in Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Spain and England, Lean developed an obsession with the desert that mirrored Lawrence's own. There are some awesomely beautiful images, notably the mirage that introduced the world to a new star, Omar Sharif. Winner of seven Oscars and restored to its original glory in 1989, this is movie-making on the grandest scale.


An enigmatic British Army officer tries to unite the Arab nations against the Turks during the First World War, but comes into conflict with the military authorities when he engages the enemy with guerrilla tactics instead of more conventional methods. However, his increasingly torn loyalties leave him close to madness. Oscar-winning epic drama directed by David Lean, starring Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins.

Cast & Crew

TE Lawrence Peter O'Toole
Prince Feisal Alec Guinness
Auda Abu Tayi Anthony Quinn
General Allenby Jack Hawkins
Turkish Bey José Ferrer
Colonel Harry Brighton Anthony Quayle
Mr Dryden Claude Rains
Jackson Bentley Arthur Kennedy
General Murray Donald Wolfit
Sherif Ali Ibn El Kharish Omar Sharif
Gasim I S Johar
Majid Gamil Ratib
Director David Lean
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: Violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Sep 2017