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Lawrence of Arabia Review

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    Universal acclaim
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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What a bold, mad act of genius it was, to make Lawrence of Arabia, or even think that it could be made.

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Riveting from beginning to end, featuring stellar performances, amazing cinematography, and a story without a trace of fat, the film does everything an epic is supposed to do - and more.

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It's perhaps only because it can't be seen in its full glory on television that "Lawrence" isn't ranked more highly on some recent all-time "best film" lists. But it belongs near the very top. It's an astonishing, unrepeatable epic.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Mature teens will appreciate this gripping epic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a lavish and gripping movie, beautifully filmed, that commands your attention despite a length of nearly four hours, and a complex lead character. Although tame by modern standards, the battle scenes are still powerful, and could frighten some kids. Because of its complexity and length, this isn't a movie for young children. Mature teens will appreciate this gorgeous production.

  • Families can talk about and research together the historical basis for the movie.

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    Messages: Despite some vagueness about the historical background of the events depicted, the movie does inspire some understanding of and respect for Arab cultures.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Several of the battle scenes are intended to horrify viewers with the brutality of war. Lawrence is raped by Turkish captors in a scene that will appear to those unfamiliar with his life that he's merely being beaten.

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Lawrence of Arabia by sanoe55
There were technical difficulties with starting the movie, but once it started, I thought it was beautifully shot, clever dialogue, and great characters/actors. I didn't know it was going to be as funny and witty as it was. I was also surprised and grateful for the intermission due to the film being 3 1/2 hours long.


Lawrence of Arabia seen at the Angelika Mosaic Movie Theater - Fairfax, VA by rouleaukeith
First, if you've never seen Lawrence of Arabia - GO SEE IT! It Truly is an EPIC - one of those movies that everyone should see at least once in their life - preferably in 70mm BIG SILVER SCREEN! It's said to be THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE - and when you see it, then you'll understand. Seeing literally thousands of extra's racing across the desert and real steam trains being derailed - realize that these scenes weren't done in CGI - they were real - as real as T. E. Lawrence was real. Second, I want to thank the Angelika Mosaic Theater in Fairfax, VA for showing it. It's a beautiful movie theater and reasonably priced ticket ($7.00). Most theaters only show current run movies, so to be able to see this CLASSIC on the big screen again with all the modern sound and conviences was a real treat. I'll not soon forget the experience. so - GO SEE IT - even if you buy the Blu-Ray and watch it at home, it's worth it. And by the way the Blu-Ray edition is wonderful.


Lawrence of Arabia by cathonline
What a classic movie from the big budget era with glamorous and beautiful stars like Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif. It is a historical story of modern times that still resonates with current events in the Middle East. I loved the big sound, the big screen, the big colors and the big story. It appears not much has changed in the Mid East since the early 1900's. It was also a sad story of a man with huge ideals who is built up by those seeking to use him and then broken in the end. I think everyone should see this movie at least once.


Lawrence ofArabia by jpence
Glorious!!! My excitement and appreciation for this spectacular film has only grown stronger over the years since I first saw it in 1962. The casting was inspired, the desert scenery and cinematography was awe-inspiring, the terse and gritty dialogue couldn't have been better, and the sets were magnificent! There was even a dash of humor here and there to lighten the mood. From glory to gore, it has all the elements one could imagine to make it the classic that it is. It was the fastest 4 hours I've ever spent in a theater. I can't wait to see it again!


by sarahdoodle