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Lawrence of Arabia

Friday, November 17th, 2006

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Synopsis:
This sweeping, highly literate historical epic covers the Allies’ mideastern campaign during World War I as seen through the eyes of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole, in the role that made him a star). After a prologue showing us Lawrence’s ultimate fate, we flash back to Cairo in 1917. A bored general staffer, Lawrence talks his way into a transfer to Arabia. Once in the desert, he befriends Sherif Ali Ben El Kharish (Omar Sharif, making one of the most spectacular entrances in movie history) and draws up plans to aid the Arabs in their rebellion against the Turks. No one is ever able to discern Lawrence’s motives in this matter: Sherif dismisses him as yet another “desert-loving Englishman,” and his British superiors assume that he’s either arrogant or mad. Using a combination of diplomacy and bribery, Lawrence unites the rival Arab factions of Prince Feisal (Alec Guinness) and Auda Abu Tayi (Anthony Quinn). After successfully completing his mission, Lawrence becomes an unwitting pawn of the Allies, as represented by Gen. Allenby (Jack Hawkins) and Dryden (Claude Rains), who decide to keep using Lawrence to secure Arab cooperation against the Imperial Powers. While on a spying mission to Deraa, Lawrence is captured and tortured by a sadistic Turkish Bey (Jose Ferrer). In the heat of the next battle, a wild-eyed Lawrence screams “No prisoners!” and fights more ruthlessly than ever. Screenwriter Robert Bolt used T. E. Lawrence’s own self-published memoir -The Seven Pillars of Wisdom as his principal source, although some of the characters are composites, and many of the “historical” incidents are of unconfirmed origin. Two years in the making (you can see O’Toole’s weight fluctuate from scene to scene), the movie, lensed in Spain and Jordan, ended up costing a then-staggering 13 million and won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The 1962 Royal Premiere in London was virtually the last time that David Lean’s director’s cut was seen: 20 minutes was edited from the film’s general release, and 15 more from the 1971 reissue. This abbreviated version was all that was available for public exhibition until a massive 1989 restoration, at 216 minutes that returned several of Lean’s favorite scenes while removing others with which he had never been satisfied. Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Cast: Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains, Anthony Quayle, Arthur Kennedy, Jose Ferrer, Michel Ray, Norman Rossington, John Ruddock, Donald Wolfit; Directed by: David Lean

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Weekend Box Office – Oct. 13-15/2006

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

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With the debut of The Grudge 2, this weekend, Sony scores it’s 12th number one hit for the year. The sequel to the 2004 hit screamed into theaters to the beat of $22 million. It only cost $20 million to make.

The Departed is still going strong dropping a mere 30%, and bringing in $18.7 million to place second. The gangster related film is poised to become Scorsese’s highest grossing film ever.

Starring Robin Wiliams, The Man of the Year had a mediocre debut bringing in $12.6 million to take third place. Rounding out the top five releases, Open Season comes in fourth place with $11million, while New Line Cinema’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning places fifth with $7.8 million.

Debuting in sixth place, The Marine pulls in $7 million and the other military themed drama The Guardian fell to seventh place with $5.9 million. The critically panned comedy, Employee of the Month comes in eighth with $5.6 million. Costing only $12 million to produce, the comedy has pulled in $19 million for Lionsgate, since it’s debut last week.

Cracking the top ten, One Night With the King places ninth with $4.3 million. The Biblical drama starring Peter O’Toole and Omar Shariff opened in just 909 theaters. Jackass: Number 2 places tenth with 3.3 million.

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  • The Grudge 2 – $22.0 million
  • The Departed – $18.7 million
  • Man of the Year – $12.6 million
  • Open Season – $11.0 million
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning – $7.8 million
  • The Marine – 7.0 million
  • The Guardian - $5.9 million
  • Employee of the Month – $5.6 million
  • One Night With the King – $4.3 million
  • Jackass: Number 2 – $3.3 million

 
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