Theatrical release: November 1962 (England), after a premiere for Queen Elizabeth.
Theatrical release: December 16, 1962 (USA).
Filmed at Shepperton Studios in Middlesex, England, and on location in Jebel Tubeiq and Wadi Rhumm, Jordan; in Sevilla, Spain; Aqaba, Turkey; and in Morocco. The three-year project completed shooting in October 1962.
Estimated budget: $13-15 million.
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991.
John Ford was originally slated to direct the film, with Alexander Korda attached as producer.
Director David Lean died in 1991 shortly after he was awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in March 1990.
Academy Award nominations: 10, including Best Actor--Peter O'Toole, Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director.
The restored version contains 35 minutes of previously cut footage.
Producer Sam Spiegel reportedly wanted Marlon Brando for the role of T.E. Lawrence, but he was already occupied with MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. Albert Finney was also offered the role but declined because he didn't "want to be a star." (American Film, March 1990)
Director David Lean once described T.E. Lawrence as "a fascinating character. This Oxford don on camelback--I mean, it was absolutely nutty. Sort of intellectual, with a gang of Arabs on camels, you know." (American Film, March 1990)
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA was named Best Film of 1963 by Italy's David Awards, Best Foreign Film of 1963 by Japan's Kinema Jumpo, and Best English Language Film of 1962 by the National Film Board.
Lean received Italy's Silver Ribbon Award and Japan's Kinema Jumpo Award for Best Director of 1963. He was also named Best Director of 1962 by the National Film Board.
Peter O'Toole received Italy's David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor of 1963.
Sources for the film included
SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM by Thomas Edward Lawrence
REVOLT IN THE DESERT by Lawrence
THE ESSENTIAL T.E. LAWRENCE by Lawrence (with a preface by David Garnett)
SECRET DISPATCHES FROM ARABIA by Lawrence
CRUSADER CASTLES by Lawrence
THE DIARY OF T.E. LAWRENCE by Lawrence
LA BIBLIOTHEQUE IDEALE: T.E. LAWRENCE by Lawrence
THE HOME LETTERS OF T.E. LAWRENCE AND HIS BROTHERS by Lawrence
SELECTED LETTERS OF T.E. LAWRENCE by Lawrence (edited by Garnett)
THE SELECTED LETTERS OF T.E. LAWRENCE by Lawrence (edited by Irving Howe)
THE MINT by Lawrence
WITH LAWRENCE IN ARABIA by Lowell Thomas
LAWRENCE AND THE ARABS by Robert Graves
Chapter 28 of GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Graves
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA by Richard Aldington
T.E. LAWRENCE IN ARABIA AND AFTER by Basil Liddell Hart
HEROES OF THE EMPTY VIEW by James Aldridge
THE DESERT AND THE STARS by Flora Armitage
T.E. LAWRENCE: BY HIS FRIENDS (edited by A. W. Lawrence)
LETTERS TO T.E. LAWRENCE (edited by A. W. Lawrence)
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA by Anthony Nutting
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA by Alistair MacLean
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA by Robert Payne
PRIVATE SHAW AND PUBLIC SHAW by Stanley Weintraub
Academy Awards Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) 1962
Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1962
Academy Awards Best Picture 1962
Academy Awards Best Sound 1962
Academy Awards Best Original Score 1962 Maurice Jarre Composer, GHOST (1990)
Academy Awards Best Director 1962 David Lean British Director/Producer/Editor, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1962 Freddie Young British Director Of Photography