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Lawrence of Arabia (Restored Version)

  PG HD Closed Captioning

David Lean

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Plot Summary

One of the screen's grandest epics, this monumental story recounts the true-life experiences of T.E. Lawrence, better known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia. A young, idealistic British officer in WWI, Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) is assigned to the camp of Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness), an Arab tribal chieftain and leader in a revolt against the Turks. In a series of brilliant tactical maneuvers, Lawrence leads fifty of Feisal's men in a tortured three-week crossing of the Nefud Desert to attack the strategic Turkish-held port of Aqaba. And following his successful raids against Turkish troops and trains, Lawrence's triumphant leadership and unyielding courage gain him nearly god-like status among his Arab brothers.

Customer Reviews

Big things have small beginnings

Stunning cinematography, epic musical score, an intelligent near flawless script, ambitious scope, and a legendary perfomance by Peter O'Toole combine to create one of the greatest achievements in cinematic history.

It Missed the Love Story

Granted. It was 1960. But this version of Lawrence of Arabia missed the tragic love story angle. One of the main reasons for Lawrence fighting the Turks so fervently and feverishly was that his significant other was on the WW I side against the Turks. Lawrence left for 3 years to fight the Turks only to return to his lover with news of victory only to find that in his absence his lover had died. Can you think of anything more horrible? If someone was to dare remake this story, I hope they would include that angle.

What part of the film is below 100%

Okay, maybe as a 12 year I was too easily impressed by the musical score, scope of the scenes, suspense of what was going to happen next and that superlative cast. All of this coupled with the cinematography and David Lean's direction only go to illustrate how complete an entertainment package this is.

But the one aspect which puts this over the top is Peter O'Toole. So is there a score higher than 100 because he's certainly earned it. But no matter what O'Toole's score is, David Lean has earned a higher one for not just bringing all the various components together but for knowing the right time to allow his characters and
/or the scenics with no dialogue to go "over the top" to keep us emotionally dialed into the movie.

Not sure to buy it? TMC shows it regularly. Watching just the first 10-15 minutes should convince you.