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** Later audiences have come to appreciate the film for being one of the few big-budget films about a homosexual that refused to hide it with a female love interest. The intense friendship between Lawrence and Sheriff Ali (who is played by Omar Sharif, an Egyptian) is also rare for portraying them as true equals, and Sheriff Ali is a highly complex character who actually ends up becoming Lawrence's conscience and arguably the most heroic figure in the film.

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** Later audiences have come to appreciate the film for being one of the few big-budget films about a homosexual an AmbiguouslyGay man that refused to hide it with a female love interest. The intense friendship between Lawrence and Sheriff Ali (who is played by Omar Sharif, an Egyptian) is also rare for portraying them as true equals, and Sheriff Ali is a highly complex character who actually ends up becoming Lawrence's conscience and arguably the most heroic figure in the film.


** Additionally, Omar Sharif was seen as the frontrunner to win Best Supporting Actor, even winning the Golden Globe that year. However, in a stunning upset, he lost out to Ed Begley for ''Sweet Bird of Youth''[[note]]Never heard of it? There's a reason why.[[/note]].

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** Additionally, Omar Sharif Creator/OmarSharif was seen as the frontrunner to win Best Supporting Actor, even winning the Golden Globe that year. However, in a stunning upset, he lost out to Ed Begley for ''Sweet Bird of Youth''[[note]]Never heard of it? There's a reason why.[[/note]].


* AcceptableEthnicTargets: Somewhat averted. The Arab characters are generally heroes. Only somewhat, because every major Arab character (except Ali) is played by a Westerner, and the fact they are unable to overcome their tribal differences in Damascus, allowing the British and French to take over from the ''children''. That was also kind of what really happened: the various factions were unable to agree on anything and couldn't present a unified front to the League of Nations. The movie also portrayed the British and the French as beings complete racist bastards who only care about Arabia as being a part of their empires. All the factions in the movie were bastards, to some extent.


* CrazyAwesome: Lawrence. Do we really need to explain this one?

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* AcceptableEthnicTargets: Somewhat averted. The Arab characters are generally heroes. Only somewhat, because every major Arab character (except Ali) is played by a Westerner, and the fact they are unable to overcome their tribal differences in Damascus, allowing the British and French to take over from the ''children''. That was also kind of what really happened: the various factions were unable to agree on anything and couldn't present a unified front to the League of Nations. The movie also portrayed the British and the French as beings complete racist bastards who only care about Arabia as being a part of their empires. All the factions in the movie were bastards, to some extent.


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Music/MauriceJarre's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr4ydFsIs9o sweeping orchestral score]] (originally recorded by the London Symphony) has long been regarded as one of the best in cinema history.



* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Music/MauriceJarre's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr4ydFsIs9o sweeping orchestral score]] (originally recorded by the London Symphony) has long been regarded as one of the best in cinema history.


** When originally released, ''Lawrence'' was considered fairly progressive in making the Arabs not only sympathetic, but drawing fairly complex characters in Ali, Feisal and Auda. In contrast, modern reviewers often complain about alleged stereotyping due to the emphasis on Bedouin looting and political discord, and the casting of English Creator/AlecGuinness and Hispanic Creator/AnthonyQuinn as Feisal and Auda.

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** When originally released, ''Lawrence'' was considered fairly progressive in making the Arabs not only sympathetic, but drawing fairly complex characters in Ali, Feisal and Auda. In contrast, modern reviewers often complain about alleged stereotyping due to the emphasis on Bedouin looting and political discord, and the casting of English Creator/AlecGuinness and Hispanic Creator/AnthonyQuinn as Feisal and Auda. That said, their characters and performances are mostly free of stereotyping, making it less egregious than many other films from the same time period.


* AwardSnub: A tricky one. While winning almost all the major awards, it won none for acting, leaving Creator/PeterOToole (regarded as some of the best acting ever in film) empty handed. Of course, GregoryPeck won that year for ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird'', so it was either giving it to the newcomer (O'Toole) doing (in hindsight) the role of his career, or the veteran doing the role of his career. Essentially, no matter who won, the other would have equally deserved it. What makes it HarsherInHindsight is that this was very much a ToughActToFollow for O'Toole: He holds the record (8 nominations) without ever winning an Academy Award.

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* AwardSnub: A tricky one. While winning almost all the major awards, it won none for acting, leaving Creator/PeterOToole (regarded as some of the best acting ever in film) empty handed. Of course, GregoryPeck Creator/GregoryPeck won that year for ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird'', so it was either giving it to the newcomer (O'Toole) doing (in hindsight) the role of his career, or the veteran doing the role of his career. Essentially, no matter who won, the other would have equally deserved it. What makes it HarsherInHindsight is that this was very much a ToughActToFollow for O'Toole: He holds the record (8 nominations) without ever winning an Academy Award.


* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr4ydFsIs9o Maurice Jarre's sweeping orchestral score]] (originally recorded by the London Symphony) has long been regarded as one of the best in cinema history.

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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Music/MauriceJarre's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr4ydFsIs9o Maurice Jarre's sweeping orchestral score]] (originally recorded by the London Symphony) has long been regarded as one of the best in cinema history.


** Brighton - Anthony Quayle thought he was an idiot, while Creator/DavidLean thought he was noble. Due to Brighton's CharacterDevelopment, it's probably fair to say that he starts as the former and ultimately becomes the latter.

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** Brighton - Brighton. His actor Anthony Quayle thought he was an idiot, while director Creator/DavidLean thought he was noble. Due to Brighton's CharacterDevelopment, it's probably fair to say that he starts as the former and ultimately becomes the latter.


** Brighton - Creator/AnthonyQuayle thought he was an idiot, while Creator/DavidLean thought he was noble. Due to Brighton's CharacterDevelopment, it's probably fair to say that he starts as the former and ultimately becomes the latter.

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** Brighton - Creator/AnthonyQuayle Anthony Quayle thought he was an idiot, while Creator/DavidLean thought he was noble. Due to Brighton's CharacterDevelopment, it's probably fair to say that he starts as the former and ultimately becomes the latter.

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* EstrogenBrigade: There are many stories of women flocking to the theaters because of the very alluring Creator/PeterOToole and Omar Sharif appearing in the film. The fact that [[ChromosomeCasting all the main characters are men]] and there's a great amount of HoYay may also [[GuyOnGuyIsHot have helped attract them]].


* AwardSnub: A tricky one. While winning almost all the major awards, it won none for acting, leaving O'Toole (regarded as some of the best acting ever in film) empty handed. Of course, GregoryPeck won that year for ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird'', so it was either giving it to the newcomer (O'Toole) doing (in hindsight) the role of his career, or the veteran doing the role of his career. Essentially, no matter who won, the other would have equally deserved it. What makes it HarsherInHindsight is that this was very much a ToughActToFollow for O'Toole: He holds the record (8 nominations) without ever winning an Academy award.

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* AwardSnub: A tricky one. While winning almost all the major awards, it won none for acting, leaving O'Toole Creator/PeterOToole (regarded as some of the best acting ever in film) empty handed. Of course, GregoryPeck won that year for ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird'', so it was either giving it to the newcomer (O'Toole) doing (in hindsight) the role of his career, or the veteran doing the role of his career. Essentially, no matter who won, the other would have equally deserved it. What makes it HarsherInHindsight is that this was very much a ToughActToFollow for O'Toole: He holds the record (8 nominations) without ever winning an Academy award.Award.


** Brighton - Creator/AnthonyQuayle thought he was an idiot, while Creator/DavidLean thought he was noble.

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** Brighton - Creator/AnthonyQuayle thought he was an idiot, while Creator/DavidLean thought he was noble. Due to Brighton's CharacterDevelopment, it's probably fair to say that he starts as the former and ultimately becomes the latter.



** Similarly, the heavily-acclaimed script lost in Best Adapted Screenplay (again, to Horton Foote for ''To Kill a Mockingbird''). Without slighting Foote, the main reason appears to be co-writer Michael Wilson being denied credit by Sam Spiegel. His involvement, though unacknowledged by the production company and Robert Bolt, was an open secret (and minor scandal) in Hollywood due to Wilson's former blacklist status.

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** Similarly, the heavily-acclaimed script lost in Best Adapted Screenplay (again, to Horton Foote for ''To Kill a Mockingbird''). Without slighting Foote, the main reason appears to be co-writer Michael Wilson being denied credit by Sam Spiegel. His involvement, though unacknowledged by the production company and Columbia (and denied by credited screenwriter, Robert Bolt, Bolt), was an open secret (and minor scandal) in Hollywood due to Wilson's former blacklist status.



** Also, Lawrence, Ali, and Auda when the three dine in Auda's tent. Lawrence in particular behaves flirtatiously when trying to convice Auda to join his side. Auda even tells them, "You trouble me like women!"

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** Also, Lawrence, Ali, and Auda when the three dine in Auda's tent. Lawrence in particular behaves flirtatiously when trying to convice convince Auda to join his side. Auda even tells them, "You trouble me like women!"

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