Lawrence of Arabia

(GB, 1962, 216 mins, DCP)
CAST Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins. Anthony Quayle
Classification: PG, Youth under 18 may attend


Some films demand the big screen and this WWI epic from David Lean is certainly one of them. Screening as a special tribute to the late, great Peter O’Toole (born August 1932, in Connemara, County Galway; died December 2013, in London, England),

Buoyed by the success of Bridge Over the River Kwai, Lean persuaded producer Sam Spiegel to bankroll this four hour 70mm desert epic about the eccentric English cartographer who united the Arab tribes to fight the Turks during the First World War – and cast the virtually unknown O’Toole in the lead. The result is a triumph for actor and director, a film of tremendous sweep and stunning vistas that never loses sight of the complexities and contradictions that agitated Lawrence.

"A miracle… The first film I saw that made me want to be a moviemaker." Steven Spielberg