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Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Movie Reviews

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05/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

An Epic Journey

Lawrence of Arabia is a stunning film that ranks among the greatest ever made. It is simply epic, with its brilliant cinematography and depiction of the deserts of the Middle East. It is a timeless classic that has been enjoyed for the last 50 years and will surely be enjoyed for 50 more.

The story begins with T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) a lieutenant in this British Army during World War I who is disliked by his superiors because of his lack of enthusiasm and general indifference to military discipline. When Lawrence gets the opportunity to transfer to the Arab Bureau, he links up with Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif) to begin an Arab uprising against Turkish rule under the authority of Prince Faisal (Alec Guinness). As time goes on, Lawrence shows increasing solidarity with his Arab c...

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02/12/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Lawrence Of Arabia" by Yojimbo

Peter O'Toole stars in his breakthrough role as T. E. Lawrence, a British officer who united the nomadic tribes of Arabia to defeat the occupying Turkish forces during World War I, while preventing the British Empire from taking over in their stead. David Lean's sweeping biopic is epic in every sense of the word. It is character study, war movie and birth of a nation all rolled into one near four hour package. Lean's stunning visuals show human beings as insignificant insects on the face of one of the harshest environments on Earth, the savage beauty of which seduced the young idealistic Lawrence. The story shows him to be a little more complex that the usual heroic revolutionary figure, a typically hard headed Brit who was too stubborn to consider defeat and really an outsider from both ...

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10/10/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Lawrence of Arabia review

I feel there will be mixed reviews based on its length and premise; nevertheless it would depend on the taste of the viewer. Repeated viewing will definitely convince your thoughts about this film. The story of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) where he invades Aqaba and Damascus while being involved in the Arab National Council. He gets promoted by General Murray (Donald Wolfit) because of his strategic take overs. Jackson Bentley (Arthur Kennedy) tries to cover the mind and soul of Lawrence. Some memorable line – “When we told lies you told half-lies. And a man who tells lies, like me, merely hides the truth. But a man who tells half-lies has forgotten where he put it.” Lawrence – “The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts.” “They hope to gain their freedom. Freedom.” B...

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12/29/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

An inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, Thomas Edward Lawrence blazed his way to glory in the Arabian desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier under an assumed name. The story opens with the death of Lawrence in a motorcycle accident in London at the age of 47, then flashbacks to recount his adventures: as a young intelligence officer in Cairo in 1916, he is given leave to investigate the progress of the Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I.

In the desert, he organizes a guerrilla army and--for two years--leads the Arabs in harassing the Turks with desert raids, train-wrecking and camel attacks. Eventually, he leads his army northward and helps a British General destroy the power of the Ottoman Empire David Lean'...

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08/24/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

An Enigmatic Main Character

This is the first epic film I’ve seen that showcases a main character that I did not understand. Granted, epic films are rich in complexity and sometimes they use ambiguity as a tool to enhance movie-going experience. Still, I personally found it hard to care for a character that one minute is sane and the next the complete opposite. I could tell there was inner turmoil going on regarding his thoughts and courses of action. However, it gets sickening after watching one decision that does not make sense on top of another. That lack of connection put me off so I can’t exactly call it a masterpiece. But perhaps I’m dwelling too much on characterization. I’ve read from a few articles that T.E. Lawrence is an enigmatic man so maybe it was not the filmmakers’ intention to explain everything abo...

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