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Lawrence of Arabia

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Lawrence of Arabia
Directed byDavid Lean
Written byT. E. Lawrence (writings)
Robert Bolt
Michael Wilson (blacklisted)
Produced bySam Spiegel
StarringPeter O'Toole
Omar Sharif
Alec Guinness
Anthony Quinn
CinematographyFreddie Young
Edited byAnne V. Coates
Music byMaurice Jarre
Horizon Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
December 10, 1962 (UK)
December 16, 1962 (USA)
Running time
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish / Arabic / Turkish
Budget$15 million (estimated)

Lawrence of Arabia is a British epic movie from 1962, based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It stars Peter O'Toole as the title character, along with Omar Sharif and Alec Guinness. The opening scene of the movie shows Lawrence dying in a motorcycle accident. The movie then goes into a series of flashbacks (past events) from his life.

The 1982 movie Gandhi follows the story pattern of Lawrence of Arabia's: after the main character dies at the start, it moves into a series of flashbacks from Gandhi's life.

Lawrence of Arabia won seven Academy Awards, one of them for Best Picture.

Considered one of the greatest movies ever made, it has appeared on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies list (as the number five selecion).

A director's cut of the movie, running at 216 minutes, has no women talking in it.

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