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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.
For the 1989 reconstruction and restoration, many scenes of dialogue were missing. As a result, Peter O'Toole and several living principals returned and re-recorded dialogue from more than twenty years previously. For principals who had died in the intervening years, sound-alike actors were employed (for instance for Jack Hawkins).
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?
After Lawrence is wounded in the shoulder, the bloodstain appears and disappears between shots as he marches along the top of the train.
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).
In accordance with a 1995 decision by the Writers Guild of America to give Michael Wilson a co-writing credit (based on documentary evidence that he had been a major contributor to the script), newer copies such as the DVD and the prints made for the 40th anniversary re-release feature the altered credit: "Screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson" (previously, only Bolt's name was listed).
English, Arabic, Turkish
$32,930 (USA) (4 October 2002)