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Lawrence of Arabia (Restored Version)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

David Lean

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 9.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is a movie with the excitement of a cavalry charge. – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, Nov 22, 2012

Fresh: Still astonishes. – Matthew Thrift, Little White Lies, Nov 22, 2012

Fresh: Deathless, and looking as good as new. – Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph (UK), Nov 22, 2012

Fresh: You'll need to dedicate half a day to it - but this deserves to be seen again on the big screen. – Dave Calhoun, Time Out, Nov 20, 2012

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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.

Best Movie Ever

Yes, it's old school. Real extras, not digital clones.
Incredible everything, cinematography, acting, dialogue, locations, costumes, sound, etc....I could go on and on. Peter O'Toole
should have won the Oscar for Best Actor ever. David Lean's production is unrivaled since this movie was made.

If you love movies, this is the ESSENTIAL one to own.

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.