David Lean‘s great epic explores the complex life and character of legendary, controversial British eccentric T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole). As a young British army officer stationed in Cairo during WWI, Lawrence is sent to assess the likelihood of Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness) succeeding in his revolt against the Turks. His strategic genius unites rival tribes to win an extraordinary victory.
Superbly photographed by Freddie Young and boasting a suitably stirring Maurice Jarre score, the film won seven Oscars in 1963, including Best Picture and Best Director.