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Lawrence of Arabia Details

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This sweeping, highly literate historical epic covers the Allies' mideastern campaign during World War I as seen through the eyes of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence ([[Performer~P53681~Peter O'Toole~peterotoole]], in the role that made him a star). After a prologue showing us Lawrence's ultimate fate, we flash back to Cairo in 1917. A bored general staffer, Lawrence talks his way into a transfer to Arabia. Once in the desert, he befriends Sherif Ali Ben El Kharish ([[Performer~P64847~Omar Sharif~omarsharif]], making one of the most spectacular entrances in movie history) and draws up plans to aid the Arabs in their rebellion against the Turks. No one is ever able to discern Lawrence's motives in this matter: Prince Feisal ([[Performer~P29203~Alec Guinness~alecguinness]]) dismisses him as yet another "desert-loving Englishman," and his British superiors assume that he's either arrogant or mad. Using a combination of diplomacy and bribery, Lawrence unites the rival Arab factions of Feisal and Auda Abu Tayi ([[Performer~P107297~Anthony Quinn~anthonyquinn]]). After successfully completing his mission, Lawrence becomes an unwitting pawn of the Allies, as represented by Gen. Allenby ([[Performer~P31110~Jack Hawkins~jackhawkins]]) and Dryden ([[Performer~P58546~Claude Rains~clauderains]]), who decide to keep using Lawrence to secure Arab cooperation against the Imperial Powers. While on a spying mission to Deraa, Lawrence is captured and tortured by a sadistic Turkish Bey ([[Performer~P89648~Jose Ferrer~joséferrer]]). In the heat of the next battle, a wild-eyed Lawrence screams "No prisoners!" and fights more ruthlessly than ever. Screenwriters [[Performer~P82352~Robert Bolt~robertbolt]] and Michael Wilson used T. E. Lawrence's own self-published memoir The Seven Pillars of Wisdom as their principal source, although some of the characters are composites, and many of the "historical" incidents are of unconfirmed origin. Two years in the making (you can see [[Performer~P53681~O'Toole~peterotoole]]'s weight fluctuate from scene to scene), the movie, lensed in Spain and Jordan, ended up costing a then-staggering $13 million and won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The 1962 Royal Premiere in London was virtually the last time that [[Performer~P99068~David Lean~davidlean]]'s director's cut was seen: 20 minutes were edited from the film's general release, and 15 more from the 1971 reissue. This abbreviated version was all that was available for public exhibition until a massive 1989 restoration, at 216 minutes that returned several of [[Performer~P99068~Lean~davidlean]]'s favorite scenes while removing others with which he had never been satisfied. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 10, 1962

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts David Lean Best Film - Any Source 1962 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association David Lean Best Director 1962 Winner
National Board of Review David Lean Best Director 1962 Winner
Directors Guild of America David Lean Best Director 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Lean Best Director 1962 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Freddie Young Best Cinematography - Color 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Freddie Young Best Color Cinematography 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maurice Jarre Best Original Score 1962 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Maurice Jarre Best Original Score 1962 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Peter O'Toole Best British Actor 1962 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Peter O'Toole New Star of the Year - Male 1962 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Peter O'Toole Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1962 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter O'Toole Best Actor 1962 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Robert Bolt Best Screenplay 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Bolt Best Adapted Screenplay 1962 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sam Spiegel Best Picture 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anne V. Coates Best Editing 1962 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Omar Sharif New Star of the Year - Male 1962 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Omar Sharif Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1962 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Omar Sharif Best Supporting Actor 1962 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Anthony Quinn Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1962 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dario Simoni Best Color Art Direction 1962 Winner

Cast

Peter O'Toole
as T.E. Lawrence
Alec Guinness
as Prince Feisal
Anthony Quinn
as Auda abu Tayi
Jack Hawkins
as Gen. Allenby
Omar Sharif
as Sherif Ali ibn el Kharish
José Ferrer
as Turkish Bey
Anthony Quayle
as Col. Harry Brighton
Claude Rains
as Mr. Dryden
Arthur Kennedy
as Jackson Bentley
Donald Wolfit
as Gen. Murray
Gamil Ratib
as Majid
John Dimech
as Daud
Howard Marion-Crawford
as Medical Officer
Jack Gwyllim
as Club Secretary
John Ruddock
as Elder Harith
Stuart Saunders
as Regimental Sergeant Major
Kenneth Fortescue
as Allenby's Aide
Norman Rossington
as Corporal Jenkins
Jack Hedley
as Reporter
Fernando Sancho
as Turkish Sergeant
Zia Mohyeddin
as Tafas
Henry Oscar
as Reciter

Crew

David Lean
Director
David Lean
Producer
Sam Spiegel
Producer
Michael Wilson
Screenwriter
Robert Bolt
Screenwriter
Freddie Young
Cinematographer
Maurice Jarre
Composer (Music Score)
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Anne V. Coates
Editor
Tony Masters
Production Designer
Dario Simoni
Set Designer
Phyllis Dalton
Costume Designer
Roy Stevens
First Assistant Director
Tony Rimmington
First Assistant Director
Ernest Day
Camera Operator
Maude Spector
Casting
Richard L. Anderson
Sound Special Effects
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