Movie House Memories

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Episode #28

Columbia Pictures Corporation released Lawrence of Arabia to theaters on December 11, 1962. David Lean directed the film starring Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, and Anthony Quinn.

‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Movie Synopsis

In Lawrence of Arabia, the British government sends Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence to Arabia due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes. They need him to find Prince Faisal, and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence ignores these orders before striking out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port.

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Columbia Pictures Corporation released Lawrence of Arabia to theaters on December 11, 1962. David Lean directed the film starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, and Anthony Quinn.

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John Pevoto
4 years ago

Towering achievement, not just for the spectacular cinematography but for the compelling characters. My favorite scene is at the end when Lawrence stands in the staff car as he and the driver pass the Arabs on camels. His look, his action of standing, say everything about his loss and his longing for something he’ll never see again. Also, the passing of the soldier on the motorcycle recalls the accident of the opening scene. A powerful ending. Another 1962 film with a powerful end is The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, when Ransom Stoddard asks his wife, “Hallie, who put the cactus roses on Tom’s coffin.” Her answer captures her sorrow, her feeling of lost love and regret. It also jabs the knife in his heart, bearing with it the certainty her heart belongs to another and not to him, even after years.

4 years ago
Reply to  John Pevoto

John – First thanks for listening. We truly appreciate it. Second, I wholeheartedly agree with your comments about this film. I felt very privileged to see it for the first time on the big screen when the restored version was released in 1989. I was still a kid, but the breathtaking beauty of the images along with the compelling story and outstanding acting caused me to fall in love with this film immediately. I look forward to watching it with my kids some day, once they age to a level that I think they will appreciate it.

As for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Another classic film. One of my favorite John Wayne films. We have also reviewed that film as well. Matt picked it in the early days of our little podcast. You should give it a listen as well.

Although I love Liberty Valance, my favorite John Wayne film will always be The Searchers. We have reviewed that one a couple of time over, but I still think the Movie House podcast was the best. If you have a chance, give it a listen and tell us what you think of that one as well.

Once again, thanks for listening. I hope this is not the last feedback we get from you.


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