Epic ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ showing at Rialto Theater

Jack Petro
Jack Petro

The epic “Lawrence of Arabia” is one of the best and most famous movies of all time.

Peter O’Toole portrays the legendary organizer of the Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I.

The third son of a British family, Lawrence was relegated to the army, where he won a commission. Working as a military clerk in Britain’s Egypt Office, he earned the respect of his colleagues, but became an annoyance to the hierarchy. To get him out of the way, he was assigned to “find out something about the Arabs.” He did and became one of them.

“Lawrence…” is a four-hour film, which includes a 15-minute intermission about two thirds through the film. It won the Oscar for the best film of 1963. O’Toole was beat out for best actor by Gregory Peck for “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

This film has been cut and edited in three spots where the content may be currently considered objectionable. Even with these edits, “Lawrence…” receives a “Must See” label. The film is showing at premier times and prices at The Rialto Theater in The Villages.

Villager Jack Petro reviews movies for Villages-News.com.