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        Gandhi (1982)

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        Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.


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        Cast overview, first billed only:
        Ben Kingsley ... Mahatma Gandhi
        Rohini Hattangadi ... Kasturba Gandhi (as Rohini Hattangady)
        Roshan Seth ... Pandit Nehru
        Candice Bergen ... Margaret Bourke-White
        Edward Fox ... General Dyer
        John Gielgud ... Lord Irwin
        Trevor Howard ... Judge Broomfield
        John Mills ... The Viceroy
        Martin Sheen ... Walker
        Ian Charleson ... Charlie Andrews
        Günther Maria Halmer ... Herman Kallenbach (as Gunter Maria Halmer)
        Athol Fugard ... General Smuts
        Saeed Jaffrey ... Sardar Patel
        Geraldine James ... Mirabehn
        Alyque Padamsee ... Mohamed Ali Jinnah


        In 1893, Mohandas K. Gandhi is thrown off a South African train for being an Indian and traveling in a first class compartment. Gandhi realizes that the laws are biased against Indians and decides to start a non-violent protest campaign for the rights of all Indians in South Africa. After numerous arrests and the unwanted attention of the world, the government finally relents by recognizing rights for Indians, though not for the native blacks of South Africa. After this victory, Gandhi is invited back to India, where he is now considered something of a national hero. He is urged to take up the fight for India's independence from the British Empire. Gandhi agrees, and mounts a non-violent non-cooperation campaign of unprecedented scale, coordinating millions of Indians nationwide. There are some setbacks, such as violence against the protesters and Gandhi's occasional imprisonment. Nevertheless, the campaign generates great attention, and Britain faces intense public pressure. Too weak... Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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        UK | India | USA



        Release Date:

        25 February 1983 (USA) See more »

        Also Known As:

        Richard Attenborough's Film: Gandhi See more »

        Filming Locations:

        Delhi, India See more »


        Box Office


        $22,000,000 (estimated)

        Opening Weekend USA:

        $131,153, 12 December 1982, Limited Release

        Gross USA:


        Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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        Technical Specs


        Sound Mix:

        Dolby (35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo: in selected threatres)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)


        Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

        Aspect Ratio:

        2.39 : 1
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        Did You Know?


        While filming in some of the more rural villages in India, with Sir Ben Kingsley in full make-up as Gandhi, some of the older members of the communities were confused as they thought they were seeing the real man again. See more »


        In the movie, The South African police were shown both arresting and beating Gandhi for burning passes during his protest of the Pass Law. Although Mohandas K. Gandhi and his fellow protesters were arrested for burning the passes, in reality neither Gandhi or any of the protesters were ever beaten by the police during the protest. See more »


        [first lines]
        Hindu: He will be saying prayers in the garden. Just follow the others.
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        Crazy Credits

        Opening credits prologue: No man's life can be encompassed in one telling. There is no way to give each year its allotted weight, to include each event, each person who helped to shape a lifetime. What can be done is to be faithful in spirit to the record and try to find one's way to the heart of the man....

        NEW DELHI INDIA 30th JANUARY 1948 See more »

        Alternate Versions

        The original theatrical release had an intermission at approximately 1 hour 31 minutes in. The second part of the film was preceded by a 3 minute musical interlude over a black screen. Most subsequent releases omitted the intermission. The DVD release includes the Intermission title card and musical interlude. See more »


        Referenced in At the Movies: Memo to the Academy - 1994 (1994) See more »


        God Save the King!
        (1744) (uncredited)
        Music attributed to Henry Carey
        Sung by Ben Kingsley
        Reprised when India achieves independence
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        A great epic; Kingsley's best performance
        5 December 1999 | by The movie manSee all my reviews

        As soon as I finished watching Gandhi, I thought to myself "This movie had to have won Best Picture." I think it's one of the best epics of all time. It masterfully tells one of the most important stories of the 20th century, that of India's struggle to free itself, spearheaded by one of the most extraordinary men of all time, Mahatma Gandhi. I would be hard pressed to name anything lacking about it. Direction, cinematography, costumes, they're all great. And Ben Kingsley! Without a doubt his portrayal of Gandhi is one of the best performances of his career, if not THE best. Playing the pacifist Indian lawyer-turned-leader couldn't have been an easy task, and I don't think anyone could have pulled it off as well as he did. This movie deserves all the praise anyone gives it and more. Excellent.

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