(British — Color)

Columbia release and presentation of Sam Spiegel-David Lean (Horizon (G.B.) Pictures) production. Features Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quinn, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy. Produced by Sam Spiegel. Directed by David Lean. Screenplay by Robert Bolt; camera (Technicolor), F.A. Young; editor, Anne V. Coates; music, Maurice Jarre. At Odeon, Leicester Square, London, Dec. 9’62. Running time, 222 MINS.

Some $15,000,000, around three years in time, much hardship, and incredible logistics have been poured into this kingsize adventure yarn. It is the first film from from Spiegel-David Lean since they launched the Oscar-winning “Bridge on the River Kwai” five years ago. Shapes as an equally vivid, smash b.o. success.

Made in Technicolor and Super Panavision 70 it is a sweepingly produced, directed and lensed job. Authentic desert locations, a stellar cast and an intriguing subject combine to put this into the blockbuster league.

Rich.

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