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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
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Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Peter O'Toole
Alec Guinness
Anthony Quinn.
Directors
David Lean.
Screenwriters
Michael Wilson
Robert Bolt.
Running Time
227 minutes

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Lawrence Of Arabia
Omar Sharif emerges in high-definition


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Plot
T. E. Lawrence (O'Toole) is a young maladjusted lieutenant in the British Army serving in North Africa during World War One. Unhappy with his current assignment coloring maps, he is co-opted into a role as an observer in what is now Arabia. At this point, the story of his life becomes the stuff of legend.


Review
Lawrence Of Arabia
David Lean's 1962 masterpiece returns to the big screen, albeit in a digital projection which isn’t quite as gorgeous as the film prints used for previous reissues. It’s still a visually and aurally magnificent work, built around a terrific performance from Peter O’Toole — who shows the tangle of neuroses and compulsions that make T. E. Lawrence such a lasting enigma. If fashions in casting make boot-polish-and-false-nose Arabs Alec Guinness and Anthony Quinn campier than intended, Omar Sharif adds a note of ethnic authenticity. Also, it has Maurice Jarre’s music, and an epic sweep which doesn’t preclude tiny, personal touches.


Verdict
Lean's great Lawrence Of Arabia biopic honours him with a complex, sympathetic but a compelling portrayal. The digital transfer leeches some of the grainy majesty of celluloid but the chance to see this on the big screen should not be missed.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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RE: Lawrence Of Arabia

L: Nexus Wookie L: DancingClown L: andrewgc Lean was a great director but some of his films could do with some sensible editing. And some of the Empire reviewers could do with that too. hat a load of absolute arse. HIS. Couldn't agree more. Edit my arse. Sheesh. ou could at least edit the thread title, sheesh nyway, classic stuff along with River Kwai makes for some top lazy afternoon epics from David Lean ... More

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Posted by rich at 18:38, 28 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Yawn - Another 'Review'

One of my favourite films, spectacular no doubt. But there ome bits of it I'd like to see cut down. It would make an almost perfect film untouchable. Why the hell isn't this being released in Belfast. My four cinemas should hang their heads in shame. ... More

Posted by dolfinack at 15:39, 28 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Yawn - Another 'Review'

L: DancingClown L: andrewgc Sorry but reviewing re-releases is dumb. Films which at the time were box office flops and became 'classics' shows how useless most reviewers are. They are afraid to criticise a film. They try to say that the film set a standard. LoA set a standard for looooonnngggg films in which little happens for ages, but if you are watching on a Sunday afternoon on Film4 and go to the loo you miss something. Lean was a great director but some of his films ... More

Posted by Nexus Wookie at 22:32, 26 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Yawn - Another 'Review'

I'm so disappointed I haven't had the chance to see this on the big screen. Not screening in Edinburgh for some ridiculous reason ... More

Posted by Whistler at 00:03, 26 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Yawn - Another 'Review'

L: andrewgc Sorry but reviewing re-releases is dumb. Films which at the time were box office flops and became 'classics' shows how useless most reviewers are. They are afraid to criticise a film.ry to say that the film set a standard. LoA set a standard for looooonnngggg films in which little happens for ages, but if you are watching on a Sunday afternoon on Film4 and go to the loo you miss something.ean was a great director but some of his films could do with some sensible editing. An... More

Posted by Deviation at 21:52, 21 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Yawn - Another 'Review'

L: andrewgc Sorry but reviewing re-releases is dumb. Films which at the time were box office flops and became 'classics' shows how useless most reviewers are. They are afraid to criticise a film. They try to say that the film set a standard. LoA set a standard for looooonnngggg films in which little happens for ages, but if you are watching on a Sunday afternoon on Film4 and go to the loo you miss something. Lean was a great director but some of his films could do with some sensib... More

Posted by DancingClown at 20:48, 21 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Eveything that is great about cinema is right here.

I had a feeling something had been done to the picture when I saw it last night, but otherwise it's still an incredible spectacle. I was thrilled that they kept the Overture and the Intermission, it made the evening feel more like a night at the opera than at the cinema. I can happily tick this one off my list just hope I don't have to wait until 2019 for the 60th Anniversary before I can see Ben Hurr get a similar big screened re-release... ... More

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RE: Eveything that is great about cinema is right here.

The greatest of all time. ... More

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Eveything that is great about cinema is right here.

For sure. Yawn. Yet another poster moaning about a review because he/she doen't agree with the film's rating by another.   ... More

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Posted by JohnChard at 10:11, 16 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Yawn - Another 'Review'

To be fair, at least Newman mentions the quality of the print, which is specific to this re-release. It's true that most reviews of re-releases rarely challenge the established opinion and their 'classic' status, though if I remember, a a two-star rating back in the early nineties, which was a bit surprising!   As for LoA, I'll be seeing it next week, hopefully with a smuggled thermos of coffee to get me through the near four hour running time! I've never seen a Lean film, something I... More

Posted by licencetokilt at 17:15, 15 November 2012 | Report This Post


Yawn - Another 'Review'

Sorry but reviewing re-releases is dumb. Films which at the time were box office flops and became 'classics' shows how useless most reviewers are. They are afraid to criticise a film. They try to say that the film set a standard. LoA set a standard for looooonnngggg films in which little happens for ages, but if you are watching on a Sunday afternoon on Film4 and go to the loo you miss something. Lean was a great director but some of his films could do with some sensible editing. And some of ... More

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