Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
|Producer(s)||Sam Spiegel, David Lean (uncredited)|
|Top Genres||Action, Adventure, Biographical, Drama, Epic, Historical|
|Top Topics||Exotic Lands|
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.
Here is one of the great Hollywood epics of all time and O'Toole's first major screen appearance, which established him as an international star overnight. He gives a superb performance as T. E. Lawrence, a British military observer who, in rejecting British tradition and adapting Arab attire, became a figure of enduring mystique while helping to unite the warring Arab functions into a guerrilla front against the Turks. The restored video includes 35 minutes of previously missing footage. The 30th anniversary special edition features the original theatrical trailer and a 32-page companion booklet, plus a film short on the making of the film including interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. The laserdisc edition features a collection of production photos, Wind, Sand and Star, a featurette documenting production, footage from the 1962 New York premiere, and silent newsreel production footage.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
Lawrence of Arabia was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.
Academy Awards 1962 --- Ceremony Number 35 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Peter O'Toole||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Omar Sharif||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: John Box, John Stoll; Set Decoration: Dario Simoni||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Fred A. Young||Won|
|Best Director||David Lean||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Anne Coates||Won|
|Best Music - Scoring||Maurice Jarre||Won|
|Best Picture||Sam Spiegel, Producer||Won|
|Best Writing||Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson||Nominated|
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General Murray: Your manner?
T.E. Lawrence: Yes. It looks insubordinate, but it isn't really.
Tafas: [talking of Britain] Is that a desert country?
T.E. Lawrence: No: a fat country. Fat people.
Tafas: You are not fat?
T.E. Lawrence: No. I'm different.
General Murray: I may as well tell you, it's my considered opinion and that of my staff that any time spent on the Bedouin will be time wasted.They're a nation of sheep-stealers.
Mr. Dryden: They did attack Medina.
General Murray: And the Turks made mincemeat of them.
Mr. Dryden: We don't know that.
General Murray: We know that they didn't take it. A storm in a teacup, a sideshow. If you want my own opinion, this whole theatre of operations is a sideshow. The real war's being fought against Germans, not Turks. And not here, but on the Western front in the trenches. Your Bedouin Army, or whatever it calls itself would be a sideshow of a sideshow.
Mr. Dryden: Big things have small beginnings, sir.
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Steven Spielberg estimated that to make the film today would cost in the region of $285 million.
When he first heard that the movie was going to be produced, Lowell Thomas (on whom the Jackson Bentley character was based) offered to give producer Sam Spiegel a large amount of background material on T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt that he had collected, but was rejected by Spiegel.
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