Lawrence of Arabia Overview:

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) was a Adventure - Biographical Film directed by David Lean and produced by David Lean and Sam Spiegel.

Lawrence of Arabia was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.

Academy Awards 1962 --- Ceremony Number 35 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorPeter O'TooleNominated
Best Supporting ActorOmar SharifNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: John Box, John Stoll; Set Decoration: Dario SimoniWon
Best CinematographyFred A. YoungWon
Best DirectorDavid LeanWon
Best Film EditingAnne CoatesWon
Best Music - ScoringMaurice JarreWon
Best PictureSam Spiegel, ProducerWon
Best WritingRobert Bolt, Michael WilsonNominated
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Field Trip: "Lawrence of Arabia" on the Big Screen at AMC River East 21 September 1

By Stephen Reginald on Aug 19, 2019 From Classic Movie Man

Field Trip: "Lawrence of Arabia" on the Big Screen at AMC River East 21 September 1 Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen Date: September 1 Where: AMC River East 21, 322 East Illinois, Chicago, IL Time: 1:00 p.m. Winner of 7 Academy Awards® including Best Picture of 1962, Lawrence of Ara... Read full article


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Blue Eyes in the Desert: Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)

By Virginie Pronovost on Jul 20, 2018 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

Ah, Lawrence of Arabia… An?illustrious man and the subject of one of movie history’s best films. It is British movie director David Lean who created this masterpiece. With movies like Lawrence of Arabia (of course), Great Expectations,? The Bridge on the River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago and Br... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: Lawrence of Arabia

By Amanda Garrett on Jun 24, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. David Lean's World War I epic stars Peter O'Toole (left) and Omar Sharif. Each Friday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go ... Read full article


Lawrence of Arabia: Part Two ? The Destruction of Myth

By minooallen on Jan 30, 2015 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Lawrence of Arabia: Part two ? The Destruction of Myth Hello dear readers and thank you for coming back to my Lawrence of Arabia blog posts. Last November, as part of the British Empire Blogathon, I wrote Part One of this two-part series. If you did not get a chance to read it and feel the need to c... Read full article


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Quotes from

Auda abu Tayi: When Lawrence finds what he's looking for, he will go home. When you find what you are looking for, you will go home.
Colonel Brighton: I will not.
Auda abu Tayi: Then you are a fool. Be thankful that when God gave you a face, he gave you a fool's face.


Auda abu Tayi: [as Lawrence sets out across the desert with Daoud and Faraj] You will cross Sinai?
T.E. Lawrence: Moses did!
Auda abu Tayi: And you will take the children?
T.E. Lawrence: Moses did!


General Allenby: I believe your name will be a household word when you'll have to go to the War Museum to find who Allenby was. You're the most extraordinary man I've ever met!
T.E. Lawrence: Leave me alone!
General Allenby: What?
T.E. Lawrence: Leave me alone!
General Allenby: Well, that's a feeble thing to say.
T.E. Lawrence: I know I'm not ordinary.
General Allenby: That's not what I'm saying...
T.E. Lawrence: All right! I'm extraordinary! What of it?


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Facts about

After the tremendous success of The Bridge on the River Kwai, producer Sam Spiegel and David Lean were keen to work together on a similarly worthy topic. Initially the pair considered making a film of the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi but soon gave up on that.
Peter O'Toole claimed that he learned more about acting from his few days of filming with José Ferrer than he did in all his years at drama school.
After deciding to cast an unknown actor in the role of T.E. Lawrence, David Lean arranged a screen test for Albert Finney shortly before the release of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, which made Finney a star. The extensive screen test involved costumes, sets and included actors Ferdy Mayne and Laurence Payne, and was shot over four days at a cost of £100,000. In addition to Lean, the test was attended by cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth, assistant director Gerry O'Hara, editor Anne V. Coates, producer Sam Spiegel and Anthony Nutting, an expert on Arabian history. It was unanimously agreed that the screen test was excellent, and Finney was offered the part of Lawrence but turned it down, as he did not want to be committed to the long-term contract he would have been required to sign.
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