Lawrence of Arabia

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The epic of all epics, Lawrence of Arabia cements director David Lean's status in the filmmaking pantheon with nearly four hours of grand scope, brilliant performances, and beautiful cinematography.

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Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal (Alec Guinness) and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif), Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port.

Cast & Crew

Peter O'Toole
T.E. Lawrence
Alec Guinness
Prince Feisal
Anthony Quinn
Auda abu Tayi
Omar Sharif
Sherif Ali ibn el Kharish
Jack Hawkins
Gen. Lord Edmund Allenby
José Ferrer
Turkish Bey
Claude Rains
Mr. Dryden
Anthony Quayle
Col. Harry Brighton
Arthur Kennedy
Jackson Bentley
Donald Wolfit
Gen. Sir Archibald Murray
Maurice Jarre
Original Music
Freddie Young
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Maude Spector
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John Box
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Critic Reviews for Lawrence of Arabia

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (86) | Rotten (3)

  • No special effects are front and center here, simply the way a master creator of images pulls us into a dramatic story of great psychological complexity.

    August 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Lean and photographer Fred A. Young have combined their artistic talents in an evocation of the Arabian desert that makes it both terrifying and deeply moving in its lonely grandeur.

    February 16, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • It has an epic hero whom it doesn't hero-worship...[O'Toole] brings flawlessly to life the film's vision of a flawed warrior who is corrupted by pride, soured by empty victories and betrayed finally by the jubilant jump of his heart every time he kills.

    February 16, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Of all miracles readily apparent on screen, perhaps the greatest is that the film even got made in the first place.

    February 26, 2014
  • This is a movie with the excitement of a cavalry charge.

    February 24, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Deathless, and looking as good as new.

    November 22, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lawrence of Arabia

  • Aug 16, 2016
    A masterwork. The scene walking in the desert left me breathless. Highly recommended.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2016
    Classic film. As long as you can get past the insanely long run time (it's close to 4 hours I believe), you'll really enjoy this movie.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2014
    A splendorous epic restored to near perfection, running now for almost four hours of magnificent visuals and fantastic dialogue, and it offers us both O'Toole and Sharif in superb performances - especially the former as a complex, contradictory man in a journey from eccentric soldier to mad exhibitionist.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2013
    The movie has you from the moment that you see the vistas of sand across the horizon. Lean is a master of the big film. While ordinarily I don't enjoy the "white man leads dark men" type of picture, O'Toole is magnificent enough to make you forget about such trivia.
    John B Super Reviewer

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