Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

Peter O'Toole
Director: David Lean Cast: Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
, Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
, Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
David Lean

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This sweeping, highly literate historical epic covers the Allies' mideastern campaign during World War I as seen through the eyes of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole, in the role that made him a star). After a prologue showing us Lawrence's ultimate fate, we flash back to Cairo in 1917. A bored general staffer, Lawrence talks his way into a transfer to Arabia. Once in the desert, he befriends Sherif Ali Ben El Kharish (Omar Sharif, making one of the most spectacular entrances in movie history) and draws up plans to aid the Arabs in their rebellion against the Turks. No one is ever able to discern Lawrence's motives in this matter: Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness) dismisses him as yet another "desert-loving Englishman," and his British superiors assume that he's either arrogant or mad. Using a combination of diplomacy and bribery, Lawrence unites the rival Arab factions of Feisal and Auda Abu Tayi (Anthony Quinn). After successfully completing his mission, Lawrence becomes an unwitting pawn of the Allies, as represented by Gen. Allenby (Jack Hawkins) and Dryden (Claude Rains), who decide to keep using Lawrence to secure Arab cooperation against the Imperial Powers. While on a spying mission to Deraa, Lawrence is captured and tortured by a sadistic Turkish Bey (Jose Ferrer). In the heat of the next battle, a wild-eyed Lawrence screams "No prisoners!" and fights more ruthlessly than ever. Screenwriters Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson used T. E. Lawrence's own self-published memoir The Seven Pillars of Wisdom as their principal source, although some of the characters are composites, and many of the "historical" incidents are of unconfirmed origin. Two years in the making (you can see O'Toole's weight fluctuate from scene to scene), the movie, lensed in Spain and Jordan, ended up costing a then-staggering $13 million and won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The 1962 Royal Premiere in London was virtually the last time that David Lean's director's cut was seen: 20 minutes were edited from the film's general release, and 15 more from the 1971 reissue. This abbreviated version was all that was available for public exhibition until a massive 1989 restoration, at 216 minutes that returned several of Lean's favorite scenes while removing others with which he had never been satisfied. ~ Hal Erickson ~ Erin Demers

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2008
UPC: 0043396256224
Original Release: 1962
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 3:46:00
Sales rank: 9,608

Special Features

Exclusive documentary: The Making of Lawrence of Arabia; A conversation with Steven Spielberg; Four original featurettes: Maan, Jordan: The camels are cast; In Search of Lawrence; Romance of Arabia; Wind, sand and star: The making of a classic; Original newsreel footage of the New York premiere; Advertising campaigns

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter O'Toole T.E. Lawrence
Alec Guinness Prince Feisal
Anthony Quinn Auda abu Tayi
Jack Hawkins Gen. Allenby
Omar Sharif Sherif Ali ibn el Kharish
Claude Rains Mr. Dryden
José Ferrer Turkish Bey
Anthony Quayle Col. Harry Brighton
Arthur Kennedy Jackson Bentley
Donald Wolfit Gen. Murray
I.S. Johar Gasim
Michael Ray Farraj
Gamil Ratib Majid
John Dimech Daud
Hugh Miller RAMC Colonel
Harry Fowler Cpl. Potter
Jack Hedley Reporter
Kenneth Fortescue Allenby's Aide
Howard Marion-Crawford Medical Officer
Zia Mohyeddin Tafas
Henry Oscar Reciter
Norman Rossington Corporal Jenkins
John Ruddock Elder Harith
Fernando Sancho Turkish Sergeant
Stuart Saunders Regimental Sergeant Major
Jack Gwyllim Club Secretary

Technical Credits
David Lean Director,Producer
Robert Bolt Screenwriter
John Box Production Designer
Anne V. Coates Editor
John Cox Sound/Sound Designer
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest Day Camera Operator
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Tony Masters Production Designer
John Palmer Production Manager
Charles Parker Makeup
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Tony Rimmington Asst. Director
Dario Simoni Set Decoration/Design
Maude Spector Casting
Sam Spiegel Producer
Roy Stevens Asst. Director
John Stoll Art Director
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Wilson Screenwriter
Freddie Young Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lawrence of Arabia
1. Overture [6:11]
2. Death of a Legend [3:19]
3. On Staff, In Cairo [2:55]
4. Dryden & Murray [1:51]
5. A Chat With the General [2:07]
6. "Find Prince Feisal." [1:17]
7. The Desert Journey Begins [4:31]
8. Friendship [4:28]
9. Ali at the Well [10:01]
10. Colonel Brighton [2:04]
11. What Modern Weapons Do [5:00]
12. In Feisal's Tent [5:38]
13. "Time To Be Great Again." [2:53]
14. "We Need a Miracle." [2:43]
15. "The Nefud Cannot Be Crowned!" [1:19]
16. "In Whose Name Do You Ride?" [1:16]
17. At the Oasis [1:22]
18. "That Is the Railway." [2:16]
19. "You Were Drifting." [1:42]
20. Lost In the Desert [9:59]
21. Rescue of Gasim [3:49]
22. "Nothing Is Written." [2:08]
23. El Aurens [3:46]
24. Robes of a Sharif [2:02]
25. Auda Tayi & Son [2:38]
26. Ali Vs. Auda [2:07]
27. "Dine With Me at Wadi Rum!" [5:34]
28. Execution of Gasim [7:55]
29. Attack On Akaba [3:38]
30. "The Miracle Is Accomplished." [2:25]
31. No Gold In Akaba [3:13]
Disc #2 -- Lawrence of Arabia
31. No Gold In Akaba [:02]
32. Quicksand [:40]
33. Sucz Canal [3:13]
34. The Officers' Bar [3:01]
35. General Allenby [4:10]
36. Planning the Campiagn [6:37]
37. Entr'acte [4:46]
38. Jackson Bentley, Journalist [4:16]
39. Destroying the Turkish Railway [6:24]
40. "It's Clean" [7:28]
41. Something Honorable [1:52]
42. Detonator [4:08]
43. Capture In Deraa [7:35]
44. "Beat Him." [4:43]
45. "Sleep...Eat." [3:02]
46. "Any Man Is What I Am." [:58]
47. Entering Jerusalem [2:23]
48. A Clash of Temperment [3:05]
49. Bodyguard [5:28]
50. British Staff Meeting [3:22]
51. Roads to Damascus [:59]
52. "No Prisoners!" [2:52]
53. Chaos In Damascus [9:26]
54. Turkish Hospital [8:27]
55. Going Home [1:39]
56. End Credits & Exit Music [5:35]

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