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Lawrence of Arabia

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Genre: Action/Adventure
Director:
Theatrical Release: 1962
Rated: PG (MPAA)
Length: 227 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

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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.

Synopsis

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.

Details
Language Usage   Original
Release Language   English
Color   Color
Area   
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   Y
Stereo Sound   Y
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   N
Letterboxed   Y
Extra Info   Single Disc Version
Rating Reason   
Parental Advisory   
cast & Crew
Peter O'Toole - Actor, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
Jack Hawkins - British Actor
Claude Rains - British actor, CASABLANCA, NOTORIOUS, MR. SKEFFINGTON
Arthur Kennedy - American Actor
I.S. Johar -
Hugh Miller -
Henry Oscar - British Character Actor
Michel Ray - Actor/Lawrence Of Arabia
Norman Rossington - British Supporting Actor
John Ruddock -
Fernando Sancho -
T.E. Lawrence - British soldier and writer, known as "Lawrence of Arabia"
Maurice Jarre - Composer, GHOST (1990)
John Box -
Phyllis Dalton -
Anne V. Coates - Editor
Robert A. Harris - Producer
Robert Bolt - Screenwriter/Playwright
Michael Wilson - Screenwriter - BlackListed
Gamil Ratib - Actor\Lawrence Of Arabia
John Stoll - British Art Director

Reviews & Awards
Los Angeles Times
02/15/1989
"...LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, restored to its full clarity and magnificence, is one of the Seven Wonders of the cinematic world..."
Chicago Sun-Times
09/02/2001
"...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..."
Entertainment Weekly
04/06/2001
"...It's pretty damned good..."
Total Film
05/01/2000
"...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..."
Los Angeles Times
11/26/2009
"The 1962 film won seven Oscars and became a career changer for its star, Peter O'Toole."
Academy Awards Best Picture Winner 1962
Academy Awards Best Original Score Winner 1962
Academy Awards Best Director Winner 1962
Academy Awards Best Cinematography Winner 1962
Academy Awards Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) Winner 1962
Academy Awards Best Film Editing Winner 1962
Academy Awards Best Sound Winner 1962