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.
Maurice Ronet was replaced by Omar Sharif in the part of Ali once filming commenced. Ronet was bought out of the movie for four times the amount that Sharif was paid for his performance.
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 in here?
When Lawrence arrives at the Suez Canal, the ship which comes into focus is a late-'50s Blue Funnel Line ship.
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).
The original release included a sequence in which Lawrence, after his arrival at Faisal's camp and before the journey into the Nefud Dresert, voluntarily undergoes a risky test of courage. He and Ali (Omar Sharif) both jump into a quicksand pit, which begins to swallow them. The idea is that whoever calls for help last has the most courage. Lawrence wins the contest, thus proving himself more worthy in the eyes of the Bedouins, particularly Ali, with whom he has been on unfriendly terms up until now. This scene helps explain why the Bedouins would follow him into the desert. It was excised from the later versions and was not included in the 1988 restoration. Still photos exist of it, however.
English, Arabic, Turkish
$32,930 (USA) (4 October 2002)
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