Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

  • 1962
  • Approved
  • 216 min
  • UK
  • adventure, biography, drama

An epic about British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.

Director: David Lean

Writer: Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson

Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn

Won 1963 BAFTA Award for Best British Film

The epic of all epics, Lawrence of Arabia cements director David Lean's status in the filmmaking pantheon with nearly four hours of grand scope, brilliant performances, and beautiful cinematography.

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  • David Lean
    David Lean
    Sir David Lean CBE (25 March 1908 - 16 April 1991) was an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor, best remembered for bringing Charles Dickens's novels to the screen with films such as Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948), and for his big-screen epics such as The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryan's Daughter...

Main Cast


  • Colin Covert (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

    Approach it from whatever angle you like, performances, script, cinematography, score; David Lean's sweeping biography of T.E. Lawrence is unarguably magnificent.

  • Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

    We remember the quiet, empty passages, the sun rising across the desert, the intricate lines traced by the wind in the sand. | Full Review...

  • Dave Calhoun (Time Out)

    You'll need to dedicate half a day to it - but this deserves to be seen again on the big screen. | Full Review...


Tagline: A Mighty Motion Picture Of Action And Adventure!

Source: based on the writings by T.E. Lawrence

Certificate: Approved

Genres: adventure, biography, drama, history, war

Categories: desert, ottoman empire, imperialism, british soldier, british empire, middle east, suez canal, world war one, 1910s, desert warfare, bedouin, egypt, camel, arabia, rebel, guerilla warfare, dark hero, war correspondent, oasis, power politics, irregular troops, great arab revolt, aqaba jordan, nomad


Producer: Sam Spiegel, Robert A. Harris

Editor: Anne V. Coates

Casting: Maude Spector

Director of photography: Freddie Young

Original music composer: Maurice Jarre

Costume design: Phyllis Dalton

Production design: John Box

Sound: John Cox

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 216 min

Country: UK

Language: English, Turkish, Arabic

Sound Mix: 4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio: 2.20 : 1

Color: Color

Also Known As

  • Lawrence d'Arabia (IT)