Lawrence of Arabia

Directed By: David Lean Starring: Peter O'Toole Alec Guinness

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A dramatic portrait of the famed british officer's journey to the middle east. Assigned to arabia during world war i, lawrence courageously unites the warring arab fractions into a strong guerilla front and leads them brilliant victories in treacherous desert battlefields where they defeat the ruling turkish empire.


Studio Sony
SKU 40149233
UPC 043396058323
UPC 14 00043396058323
Format DVD
Release Date 9/20/2005
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 3039
Big Battles
Character Study
Essential Cinema
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
True Story
World War I
Editors Note
Note David Lean's masterpiece, perhaps the greatest of screen epics, stars Peter O'Toole in one of the most electrifying debuts in film history. The film is less an ordinary adventure than an experience that leaves an overwhelming sense memory of the struggle between two powerful forces: the Arabian deserts, immense, intractable, ever-shifting, punishing; and T.E. Lawrence, humble as a monk, flamboyant as a rock star, protean, polymathic, heroic, enigmatic, mad. While working on the staff of British Intelligence in Cairo in 1916, Lawrence's fluency in Arabic earns him a post on a mission sent to establish contact with Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness), leader of the Arab revolt and ally of the British against the German-sponsored Turks in WWI. Impressed by Lawrence's knowledge of their culture, the prince allows the young officer to join his staff, and Lawrence quickly earns the Arabs' respect after he executes acts of extraordinary heroism. As the Englishman's genius for guerrilla warfare becomes evident, he assumes the role of de facto leader of the Arab revolt, uniting the heretofore warring tribes into a devastatingly effective weapon. But the chaos of war also unleashes the repressed officer's powerful need for self-abasement and mortification of the flesh. A visionary work that unfolds one indelible image after another, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA fuses the conflict of man against man, man against nature, and man against himself into a sublime poem of force. The film features a literate script by Robert Bolt and an outstanding cast, which also includes Claude Rains, Jack Hawkins, Arthur Kennedy, Anthony Quinn, Jose Ferrer, and Omar Sharif in his unforgettable desert-crossing debut.
Plot Summary
Summary This classic film was based on the real-life exploits of legendary British scholar and soldier T.E. Lawrence. Stationed in Cairo in 1916, Lawrence languished in the mapmaking department of British Intelligence until he was asked to find and gather information on Prince Feisal, leader of the Arab Allied forces in World War I. His desert journey inspired his first military success when he led a small contingent of Arabs against the Turkish stronghold of Aqaba. Lawrence's military career flourished as he attempted to forge a new, united Arab nation out of squabbling tribes.
Los Angeles Times "...LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, restored to its full clarity and magnificence, is one of the Seven Wonders of the cinematic world..." 02/15/1989 p.C6,"The 1962 film won seven Oscars and became a career changer for its star, Peter O'Toole." 11/26/2009
Chicago Sun-Times "...What a bold, mad act of genius it was, to make LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, or even think that it could be made....It is a spare movie in clean, uncluttered lines..." 09/02/2001 p.4
Entertainment Weekly "...It's pretty damned good..." 04/06/2001 p.95
Total Film "...With grand, sweeping desertscapes, huge battles and Robert Bolt's Oscar-winning dialogue, this is as shockingly beautiful and hugely intelligent as any film ever made..." 05/01/2000 p.102
David Lean
Peter O'Toole
Alec Guinness
Cast & Crew
Alec Guinness - Actor
Anthony Quayle - Actor
Anthony Quinn - Actor
Arthur Kennedy - Actor
Claude Rains - Actor
Jack Hawkins - Actor
Jose Ferrer - Actor
Omar Sharif - Actor
Peter O'Toole - Actor
T.E. Lawrence - Based On The Writings Of
David Lean - Director
Freddie Young - Director of Photography
Maurice Jarre - Musical Score
Sam Spiegel - Producer
Robert Bolt - Screenplay
Michael Wilson - Screenplay
Anne V. Coates - Editor
Anthony Masters - Art Director
Freddie Young - Cinematographer
John Box - Production Designer
John Stoll - Art Director
Maurice Jarre - Original Music By
Robert A. Harris - Producer
T.E. Lawrence - Based On Writings By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1962
Catalog ID 05832
UPC 00043396058323
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 228 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.20:1
Oscar (1963) David Lean, Winner, Best Director,John Box, et al., Winner, Best Set Decoration,Freddie Young, Winner, Best Color Cinematography,Anne V. Coates, Winner, Best Film Editing,Jaurice Jarre, Winner, Best Music, Original Score,John Cox, Winner, Best Sound,Peter O'Toole, Nominee, Best Actor,Omar Sharif, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,Robert Bolt, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium,Freddie Young, Winner, Best Cinematography, Color,John Box, Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color,Maurice Jarre, Winner, Best Music, Score - Substantially Original,Sam Spiegel, Winner, Best Picture
Golden Globe (1963) Freddie Young, Winner, Best Color Cinematography,David Lean, Winner, Best Motion Picture Director,Omar Sharif, Winner, Best Supporting Actor,Freddie Young, Winner, Best Cinematography - Color,Lawrence of Arabia, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner (1963) British Academy Awards, Lawrence of Arabia, Best Film from any Source,Golden Globe, Freddie Young, Best Cinematography - Color,Golden Globe, Lawrence of Arabia, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, David Lean, Best Motion Picture Director,Golden Globe, Omar Sharif, Best Supporting Actor,Oscar, John Box, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color,Oscar, Freddie Young, Best Cinematography, Color,Oscar, David Lean, Best Director,Oscar, Anne V. Coates, Best Film Editing,Oscar, Maurice Jarre, Best Music, Score - Substantially Original,Oscar, Sam Spiegel, Best Picture,Oscar, John Cox, Best Sound
British Academy Awards (1963) Lawrence of Arabia, Winner, Best Film from any Source
ReviewSource Boxoffice Magazine
Review In any list of the great adventure films of all time, the Sam Spiegel-David Lean production of Lawrence of Arabia must stand near the top. In the power, sweep and realism of its story dealing with the legendary war hero, the picture has rarely been equalled. Add to this, the brilliance of its acting, most particularly by... Peter O'Toole, the excellence of David Lean's direction and...the breathtakingly beautiful outdoors photography of the Sahara Desert locations and the film becomes a "must" for every discerning moviegoer. In all, Lawrence of Arabia is a cinematic triumph.
Reviewer Frank Leyendecker
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Movie Reviews UK
Review The utterly spell-binding biography of a WWI hero, Lawrence of Arabia comes close to perfection in the realms of cinematography, score, script and performances.
Reviewer Damian Cannon
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The historical epic has been a staple of the motion picture industry since the silent era. Over the years, it has evolved to mesh with the times and meet audiences' expectations. Viewers in the 1910s got D.W. Griffith's racist Birth of a Nation, while movie-goers in the 2000s were poleaxed by the trite but visually impressive Pearl Harbor. In between lie the best of the epics, and, while it's impossible to single out one as being at the inarguable top of the heap, David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia is certainly a contender for the position. Riveting from beginning to end, featuring stellar performances, amazing cinematography, and a story without a trace of fat, the film does everything an epic is supposed to do - and more...For David Lean, widely regarded as one of the masters of epic filmmaking, Lawrence of Arabia represented the most ambitious undertaking of a fruitful career. Restored to its full length in 1989, the version available today shows the story as Lean intended it to be seen - provided the viewer is able to see it projected, not compressed onto a TV screen. While it's true that Lawrence of Arabia still works on the small screen, it is robbed of one of the most important aspect of any motion picture spectacle - the awe factor. When that is present, this becomes an event - something that even the most restless viewer will become lost in.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review What a bold, mad act of genius it was to make "Lawrence of Arabia," or even think that it could be made. In the words 27 years later of one of its stars, Omar Sharif: "If you are the man with the money and somebody comes to you and says he wants to make a film that's four hours long, with no stars, and no women, and no love story, and not much action either, and he wants to spend a huge amount of money to go film it in the desert, what would you say?" The impulse to make this movie was based, above all, on imagination. The story of "Lawrence" is not founded on violent battle scenes or cheap melodrama, but on David Lean's ability to imagine what it would look like to see a speck appear on the horizon of the desert and slowly grow into a human being. He had to know how that would feel, before he could convince himself that the project had a chance of being successful..."Lawrence of Arabia" was one of the last films to be photographed in 70mm (as opposed to being blown up to 70 from a 35mm negative). It is a great experience to see it in 1989 as Lean intended it in 1962 - and also a humbling one, to realize how the motion picture industry is losing the vision to make epic films like this and settling for safe narrative formulas instead.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Spanish
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...a great experience.
Rita Kempley, Washington Post Spectacular...
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews Spell-binding cinema.
Emanuel Levy, ...always visually mesmerizing...[and] boasting a radical, even subversive performance of the young Peter O'Toole.
Empire Magazine Sweeping, epic, majestic, awesome, sumptuous...with amazing performances and gorgeous visuals...
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid ...a truly magnificent film.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader ...remains one of the most intelligent, handsome, and influential of all war epics.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...belongs near the very top [of all-time "best film" lists]. It's an astonishing, unrepeatable epic.
Wesley Lovell, The Oscar Guy A gorgeous epic with an outstanding performance from Peter O'Toole.

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