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Lawrence of Arabia

  • Drama
  • 1962
  • David Lean
  • 217 mins
  • PG

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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TE LawrencePeter O'Toole
Prince FeisalAlec Guinness
Auda Abu TayiAnthony Quinn
General AllenbyJack Hawkins
Turkish BeyJosé Ferrer
Colonel Harry BrightonAnthony Quayle
Mr DrydenClaude Rains
Jackson BentleyArthur Kennedy
General MurrayDonald Wolfit
Sherif Ali Ibn El KharishOmar Sharif
GasimI S Johar
MajidGamil Ratib

Crew

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DirectorDavid Lean

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2017-09-22
Language
English
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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