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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Peter O'Toole
Jack Hawkins
Claude Rains
Anthony Quayle
Arthur Kennedy
Jose Ferrer
Directors
David Lean
Screenwriters
Robert Bolt
Michael Wilson
Running Time
222 minutes

EMPIRE ESSAY: Lawrence Of Arabia
Lean and O'Toole cook up a classic in the desert


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Plot
T. E. Lawrence is a young maladjusted lieutenant in the British Army in North Africa during World War One. Unhappy with his current assignment coloring maps, he is ecstatic when he is offered a job as an observer in what is now Arabia. From there the story of his life becomes the stuff that legends are made of.


Verdict
For the generations born long after the "real" T.E. Lawrence of the newsreels was every schoolboy's hero, Lean's Lawrence Of Arabia honours him with a more complex, sympathetic but compelling fame.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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