Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Peter O'Toole: T.E. Lawrence
[Lawrence has just extinguished a match between his thumb and forefinger. William Potter surreptitiously attempts the same]
William Potter : Ooh! It damn well 'urts!
T.E. Lawrence : Certainly it hurts.
Officer : What's the trick then?
T.E. Lawrence : The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts.
T.E. Lawrence : I killed two people. One was... yesterday? He was just a boy and I led him into quicksand. The other was... well, before Aqaba. I had to execute him with my pistol, and there was something about it that I didn't like.
General Allenby : That's to be expected.
T.E. Lawrence : No, something else.
General Allenby : Well, then let it be a lesson.
T.E. Lawrence : No... something else.
General Allenby : What then?
T.E. Lawrence : I enjoyed it.
Prince Feisal : Gasim's time has come, Lawrence. It is written.
T.E. Lawrence : Nothing is written.
Sherif Ali : You will not be at Aqaba, English! Go back, blasphemer... but you will not be at Aqaba!
T.E. Lawrence : I shall be at Aqaba. That, IS written.
[pointing to forehead]
T.E. Lawrence : In here.
T.E. Lawrence : There may be honor among thieves, but there's none in politicians.
T.E. Lawrence : My friends, we have been foolish. Auda will not come to Aqaba. Not for money...
Auda abu Tayi : No.
T.E. Lawrence : ...for Feisal...
Auda abu Tayi : No!
T.E. Lawrence : ...nor to drive away the Turks. He will come... because it is his pleasure.
Auda abu Tayi : Thy mother mated with a scorpion.
T.E. Lawrence : So long as the Arabs fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little people, a silly people - greedy, barbarous, and cruel, as you are.
T.E. Lawrence : My lord, I think... I think your book is right. 'The desert is an ocean in which no oar is dipped' and on this ocean the Bedu go where they please and strike where they please. This is the way the Bedu have always fought. You're famed throughout the world for fighting in this way and this is the way you should fight now!
Prince Feisal : The English have a great hunger for desolate places. I fear they hunger for Arabia.
T.E. Lawrence : Then you must deny it to them.
Prince Feisal : You are an Englishman. Are you not loyal to England?
T.E. Lawrence : To England and to other things.
Prince Feisal : To England and Arabia both? And is that possible? I think you are another of these desert-loving English.
T.E. Lawrence : The Law says the man must die... If he dies, would that content the Howitat?
Auda abu Tayi : Yes.
T.E. Lawrence : Sherif Ali. If none of lord Auda's men harms any of yours, will that content the Harith?
Sherif Ali : Yes.
T.E. Lawrence : Then I will execute the Law. I have no tribe and no one is offended.
General Allenby : I believe your name will be a household word when you'll have to go to the War Museum to find who Allenby was. You're the most extraordinary man I've ever met!
T.E. Lawrence : Leave me alone!
General Allenby : What?
T.E. Lawrence : Leave me alone!
General Allenby : Well, that's a feeble thing to say.
T.E. Lawrence : I know I'm not ordinary.
General Allenby : That's not what I'm saying...
T.E. Lawrence : All right! I'm extraordinary! What of it?
T.E. Lawrence : No prisoners! No prisoners!
T.E. Lawrence : The truth is: I'm an ordinary man. You might've told me that, Dryden.
Prince Feisal : Well, General, I will leave you. Major Lawrence doubtless has reports to make upon my people and their weakness, and the need to keep them weak in the British interest... and the French interest too, of course. We must not forget the French now...
General Allenby : [indignantly] I've told you, sir, no such treaty exists.
Prince Feisal : Yes, General, you have lied most bravely, but not convincingly. I know this treaty does exist.
T.E. Lawrence : Treaty, sir?
Prince Feisal : He does it better than you, General. But then, of course, he is almost an Arab.
Bartender : [Lawrence enters the British officers' club with a Bedouin companion after capturing Aqaba, both men utterly exhausted and disheveled, and wearing Arab clothing] This is a bar for British officers!
T.E. Lawrence : That's all right. We're not particular.
Tafas : Here you may drink...
[Lawrence nods and takes out his canteen to drink water]
Tafas : One cup.
[pointing the tincup]
T.E. Lawrence : [Lawrence pours in some water] You do not drink?
Tafas : No.
[Tafas shakes his head like saying no]
T.E. Lawrence : I'll drink when you do.
Tafas : I am *Bedu*.
[Lawrence pours back the water in the tincup to canteen]
T.E. Lawrence : I pray that I may never see the desert again. Hear me, God.
T.E. Lawrence : I cannot fiddle but I can make a great state of a small city.
T.E. Lawrence : The best of them won't come for money; they'll come for me.
T.E. Lawrence : A thousand Arabs means a thousand knives, delivered anywhere day or night. It means a thousand camels. That means a thousand packs of high explosives and a thousand crack rifles. We can cross Arabia while Johnny Turk is still turning round, and smash his railways. And while he's mending them, I'll smash them somewhere else. In thirteen weeks, I can have Arabia in chaos.
General Allenby : What about your Arab friends? What about them?
T.E. Lawrence : I have no Arab friends. I don't want Arab friends !
General Allenby : What in Hell do you want, Lawrence?
T.E. Lawrence : I told you! I just want my ration of common humanity.
Mr. Dryden : Lawrence!
[Lawrence turns away from Allenby to face Dryden]
Mr. Dryden : Nothing. Sorry I interrupted, Sir.
General Allenby : [subdued] Quite all right. Thank you, Mr Dryden. Look, why don't we, er... There's blood on your back. Do you want a Doctor ?
T.E. Lawrence : Where are they now?
Mr. Dryden : Anywhere within 300 miles of Medina. They're Hashemite Bedouins. They can cross 60 miles of desert in a day.
T.E. Lawrence : Oh,thanks Dryden. This is going to be fun.
Mr. Dryden : Lawrence, only two kinds of creature get fun in the desert: Beduins and gods, and you're neither. Take it from me. For ordinary men, it's a burning fiery furnace.
T.E. Lawrence : No,Dryden. It's going to be fun.
Mr. Dryden : It is recognised that you have a funny sense of fun.
T.E. Lawrence : Look, Ali. If any of your Bedouin arrived in Cairo and said: "We've taken Aqaba" the generals would laugh.
Sherif Ali : I see. In Cairo you will put off these funny clothes. You'll wear trousers and tell stories of our quaintness and barbarity and then they will believe you.
T.E. Lawrence : You're an ignorant man.
T.E. Lawrence : [Lawrence has been asked about the Turkish garrison at Aqaba, which he truthfully claims to have captured by skeptical British officers] No, they're still there, but they've no boots. Prisoners, sir. We took them prisoners; the entire garrison. No, that's not true. We killed some; too many, really. I'll manage it better next time. There's been a lot of killing, one way or another.
[motions across his chest]
T.E. Lawrence : Cross my heart and hope to die, it's all perfectly true.
Farraj : Lord, can we not rest?
[riding on the camel along with Lawrence and Daud]
T.E. Lawrence : I told you, no rest till they know that I have Aqaba... Have you two slept in beds? Farraj? Daud? With sheets?
[they nod like saying no]
T.E. Lawrence : Tomorrow the finest sheets in the finest room, in the finest hotel in Cairo. I promise.
Daud : Then it shall be so, Lord.
Sherif Ali : [Ali shoots Tafas dead while riding his camel. He stops his camel and jumps down to examine Tafas' body] He is dead.
T.E. Lawrence : Yes... why?
Sherif Ali : This is my well.
[mentioning the well Lawrence and Tafas are resting at]
T.E. Lawrence : I have drunk from it.
Sherif Ali : You are welcome.
T.E. Lawrence : He was my friend.
Sherif Ali : That?
T.E. Lawrence : Yes, that.
Sherif Ali : [Ali walks towards peter and grabs Tafas' revolver lying on the sand] This pistol yours?
T.E. Lawrence : No, his.
Sherif Ali : [Ali tucks the revolver into his waist and walks towards the well] His?
[mentioning the tin cup near the well]
T.E. Lawrence : Mine.
Sherif Ali : Then I will use it.
[pulls some water out of well]
Sherif Ali : ... your friend... was a Hazimi of the Beni Salem.
T.E. Lawrence : I know.
Sherif Ali : [Ali salutes Lawrence and drinks his water] I am Ali ibn el Kharish.
T.E. Lawrence : I have heard of you.
Sherif Ali : So... What was a Hazimi doing here?
T.E. Lawrence : He was taking me to help Prince Feisal.
Sherif Ali : You've been sent from Cairo?
T.E. Lawrence : Yes.
Sherif Ali : I have been in Cairo for my schooling. I can both read and write... my Lord Feisal already has an Englishman.
T.E. Lawrence : Yes.
Sherif Ali : What is your name?
T.E. Lawrence : My name is for my friend.
[Ali walks away]
T.E. Lawrence : None of my friends is a murderer.
Sherif Ali : You are angry, English.
[Ali climbs his camel]
Sherif Ali : He was nothing. The well is everything... The Hazimi may not drink at our wells. He knew that... Salaam.
T.E. Lawrence : Sherif Ali!. So long as the Arabs fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little people, a silly people. Greedy, barbarous and cruel, as you are.
Sherif Ali : Come. I will take you to Feisal.
T.E. Lawrence : I do not want your company, sherif.
Sherif Ali : Wadi Safra is another day from here. You will not find it, and not finding it you will die.
T.E. Lawrence : I will find it with this.
[showing the compass]
Sherif Ali : [Ali suddenly takes the compass with his stick] Good army compass. How if I take it?
T.E. Lawrence : Then you would be a thief.
Sherif Ali : Have you no fear, English?
T.E. Lawrence : My fear is my concern.
Sherif Ali : Truly.
[Ali gives back the compass to Lawrence]
Sherif Ali : God be with you English.
[And he rides away]
T.E. Lawrence : Do you think I'm just anybody, Ali? Do you?
Colonel Brighton : I've been waiting for you.
T.E. Lawrence : Did you know I was coming?
Colonel Brighton : I knew someone was coming. I mean Feisal told me.
T.E. Lawrence : How did he know?
Colonel Brighton : Not much happens within 50 miles of Feisal that Feisal doesn't know. I'll give him that... no escort?
T.E. Lawrence : My guide was killed at the Masturah well.
Colonel Brighton : Turks?
T.E. Lawrence : No, an Arab.
Colonel Brighton : Bloody savages.
[They both ride away]
T.E. Lawrence : [Trying to convince skeptical British officers that he and the locals really have captured Aqaba] Cross my heart and hope to die, it's all perfectly true.