David Lean‘s desert epic helped Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif to create a breakthrough. Lawrence of Arabia tells the story of an extraordinary man and was awarded seven Oscars.
Lawrence of Arabia illuminates the true story of an extraordinary man, T.E. Lawrence. British officer Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) is sent to the Arabian Peninsula to observe the political developments under Prince Faisal (Alec Guinness) and to support the revolt against the Ottoman Empire. Shortly after his arrival, the officer is repeatedly informed that there are some conflicts between the various Bedouin tribes. Those who do not follow the rules are shot. In the camp of Prince Faisal, Lawrence meets Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif), who has already met him in the desert. Together, they set off on an adventure. His passionate commitment to his ideals and his daring courage finally assured the British soldier his place in history: as the legendary Lawrence of Arabia.
Lawrence of Arabia is dedicated to the life of Thomas Edwards Lawrence. The cinematic masterpiece is based on his autobiographical war report “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom”.
Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif are said to have had such a fear of the horse scenes that the two untrained riders were in trouble. Omar Sharif is said to have tied himself on the horse for safety, so he could not fall. It did not help, however, because after his turbulent ride, he was anything but stable on his horse, and a crew member had to cut the belt so he could dismount. Peter O’Toole also admitted during an appearance on Jay Leno that he was highly praised in the romantic scenes for his determined performance, but during the shoot was completely intoxicated.