Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

216 min-Adventure | Biography | Drama- 30 January 1963 (Canada)
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Epic rumination on a flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service.


David Lean


T.E. Lawrence (writings), Robert Bolt (screenplay), and 1 more credit


Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness and Anthony Quinn | See full cast and crew


An inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, Thomas Edward Lawrence blazed his way to glory in the Arabian desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier under an assumed name. The story opens with the death of Lawrence in a motorcycle accident in Dorset at the age of 46, then flashbacks to recount his adventures: as a young intelligence officer in Cairo in 1916, he is given leave to investigate the progress of the Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I. In the desert, he organizes a guerrilla army and--for two years--leads the Arabs in harassing the Turks with desert raids, train-wrecking and camel attacks. Eventually, he leads his army northward and helps a British General destroy the power of the Ottoman Empire. Written by alfiehitchie

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Plot Keywords:

Desert | Army | Arab | Turk | Hero  |


After five years... the first motion picture from the creators of "The Bridge On The River Kwai." Columbia Pictures presents The Sam Spiegel - David Lean Production of .....


Adventure | Biography | Drama | History | War

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English | Arabic | Turkish

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Also Known As:

Lawrence de Arabia

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,846 (USA) (22 September 2002) (2 Screens)


$70,000,000 (Worldwide) (January 2004)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures, Horizon Pictures (II)
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Technical Specs


 | UK: (director's cut)  | UK: (1970 re-release)  | UK: (original version)  | UK: (premiere version)  | USA: (restored roadshow version)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (RCA Sound Recording) (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (35 mm prints) (restored version) | Mono (35 mm prints) (original version) | 4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (35 mm) (original version) | DTS 70 mm (70mm restored version)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Elaborate screen tests with Albert Finney as Lawrence were shot at a cost of 100,000 pounds. Finney later balked at producer Sam Spiegel's demand that he sign a seven-year contract if he accepted the role, and dropped out, replaced by Peter O'Toole, already under contract to Speigel.


Factual errors: On one of this film's many releases on DVD, during the intermission, the title on the screen reads "ENTER'E ACTE"- a French phrase which should actually be spelled either "entre acte" or "entr'acte."


[first lines]
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 here?

Crazy Credits

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, and The Day They Robbed the Bank of England.


Referenced in "Midsomer Murders: Shot at Dawn (#11.1)" (2008)


"The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo"
(1892) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Fred Gilbert
Sung a cappella by Peter O'Toole

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