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).
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 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.
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).
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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