Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

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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.


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5 November 2005 | amostom
10
| possibly one of the greatest films ever made
This film requires no introduction. It's one of the greatest movies ever made if not the best. Truly inspiring. It leaves me with the feeling that I would have liked to have met Lawrence but being born 37 years after his death regrettably this will never happen! I went to see the movie in the National Film Theatre, London in order to see the panorama on the big screen. Well worth the trip even if you have seen the movie on DVD. He was arguably one of the greatest englishmen to walk the earth. Why doesn't anyone make films like this anymore?! Thank God for David Lean's work. Looking forward to viewing this film again and again on DVD.

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Trivia

The cast includes four Oscar winners (Anthony Quinn, José Ferrer, Sir David Lean, and Sir Alec Guinness) and five Oscar nominees (Peter O'Toole, Claude Rains, Sir Anthony Quayle, Arthur Kennedy, and Omar Sharif).


Quotes

Colonel Brighton: 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?


Goofs

When Lawrence meets Ali for the first time, Hazim is shot by Ali. In the first frame, there is no blood from the shot but in the next a spot of blood on his head. Realistically, there should be some blood from the bullet Ali fired.


Crazy Credits

The opening credits read: Introducing Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence. However, that "Introducing" credit is false as O'Toole had already played roles in Kidnapped (1959), The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960) and The Savage Innocents (1960).


Alternate Versions

When Robert A. Harris took on the task of restoring Lawrence of Arabia in 1987, his aim was to restore the film to its original 222 minutes length that premiered before Queen Elizabeth II in London on 10 December 1962. Initially he gradually found all the missing pieces including the famous "goggle" shot and the newly created (in 1962) Columbia logo shot. Harris' idea was to return this to the missing film, despite the fact that David Lean ordered that it be removed from the original film in January 1963 because he preferred the "sparkling" Columbia logo. All the 202 minutes version of the film (which commenced at The Metropole Theatre in February 1963) had the "sparkling" Columbia logo. David Lean eventually got involved in the restoration process with Robert Harris and the two men worked together to get Lawrence back to its 222 minutes original cut. Then Lean decided that he would make some trims. In the scene in the second half where General Allenby entices Lawrence back to Arabia part of that scene is cut by a few seconds. Where Allenby says to Lawrence: "You're the most extraordinary man I've ever met" Lawrence replies: I'm extraordinary, I'm extraordinary, what of it." Lean decided to cut the second "I'm extraordinary" out. He did this also with many other scenes and brought the original running time of 222 minutes down to 216 minutes, not including the overture, entr'acte music and play out music.


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The Voice Of The Guns
Music by
Kenneth Alford
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Maurice Jarre

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Genres

Adventure | Biography | Drama | History | War

Details

Release Date:

11 December 1962

Language

English, Arabic, Turkish


Country of Origin

UK

Filming Locations

Saudi Arabia

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,846 22 September 2002

Gross USA:

$45,306,425

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,715,757

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