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Screen Gems -- Mr. Sandman: "Lawrence of Arabia"

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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013 5:00 am

Lawrence of Arabia, epic historical adventure, not rated, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 4 chiles

It is safe to say that there has never been a more electrifying career launch in movie history than Peter O’Toole’s in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). He wasn’t the first choice for the role. Producer Sam Spiegel and director David Lean wanted Marlon Brando, which provides grist for imaginative what-ifs to rival the prospect of Ronald Reagan as Rick Blaine in Casablanca. But Brando turned the part down, as did Albert Finney. And so a star was born.

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