Kinda disappointed you didn't like Undiscovered Country more, I actually don't remember hearing fans dissent on that one. However, when it was still a fairly recent movie everyone's favorite scene was the pink CGI blood, and now that's everyone's least favorite scene! And that was the only time that Klingon's bled pink blood, or that anyone bled from an energy weapon. I do think they laid the cold war allegorizing on a little too thick, but maybe people found that cathartic at the time.
> I'd forgotten lots and lots of things about it--where the plot goes (I'm not an expert on the real T. E. Lawrence by any stretch)
It doesn't have very much to do with history. Lowell Thomas, who was the real basis for Arthur Kennedy's character, said that the only accurate scene was the attack on the trail.
> there's a bit of an anti-war thing going on underneath it (isn't there?
Uh...yes, yes there is.
> Hell, the movie's basically calling him a failure!!!
Jim Gant (a.k.a. Lawrence of Afghanistan), the Green Beret who advocated the "One Tribe at a Time Strategy," made all his men watch this movie for inspiration, and then HE was a failure too! I always assumed that guy was a victim of politics. I might read his book. Hell, I'll probably get around to it before The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, it's much shorter!
You know the story about Lawrence writing TSPoW, leaving it on a train, and having to rewrite the whole thing, right? Well, if you didn't, you do now.