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The story opens with a large symphonic overture which leads into the death of Thomas Edward Lawrence Peter OToole in a motorcycle crash When a reporter asks questions at the memorial service at St Pauls a flashback to the desert campaigns of the legendary figure begins In 1916 Lawrence is a disgruntled young lieutenant with the British HQ staff in Cairo Discontent with a desk job he persuades Mr Dryden Claude Rains of the Arab Bureau to let him seek out the Bedouin Chief Prince Feisal Alec Guiness to check on the progress of the Arab Revolt Lawrence suggests the possibility of helping Feisal unite the Arab tribes against their common enemy the Turks with whom the British are also at war Having received permission to try Lawrence journeys to the desert There his first encounter with tribal rivalries occurs when Sherif Ali Omar Sharif who is later to become one of Lawrences strongest allies shoots Lawrences guide for drinking from a water hole which belongs to Ali With the help of Ali Prince Feisal is convinced into allowing his own guerilla army to cooperate with the British Lawrence soon becomes a charismatic Leader to the Arab hordes Sustaining the independent spirit of the Arab revolt Lawrence leads a miraculous crossing of the Nefud Desert making it possible to capture the Turkish port of Aqaba The Victorious Arab Warriors triumphantly proclaim him El Aurens However when Lawrence and Ali go on a scouting expedition into Deraa which the Turks are holding Lawrence is captured by the Turks tortured and then released This incident breaks the illusion of invincibility that Lawrence has of himself and which the hero-worship of the Arab tribes has created Again he is tempted to resign
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