PG | | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
To film Omar Sharif's entrance through a mirage, Freddie Young used a special 482mm lens from Panavision. Panavision still has this lens, and it is known among cinematographers as the "David Lean lens". It was created specifically for this shot and has not been used since.
He was the most extraordinary man I ever knew.
Vicar at St. Paul's: Did you know him well?
Colonel Brighton: I knew him.
Vicar at St. Paul's: Well nil nisi bonum. But did he really deserve a place here?
When Lawrence reaches Suez, a steamship freighter is passing down the Nile and it blows it's whistle. The whistle is an electric siren whistle. In 1917 most merchant ships were steampowered. The ships whistles would have been steam powered and the whistle would have given out a bellow sound not a piercing shriek as from an electric whistle like seen in the film.
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).
English, Arabic, Turkish
$32,930 (USA) (4 October 2002)
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