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Gandhi (1982)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  25 February 1983 (USA)
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The life of the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Viceroy
Athol Fugard ...
Günther Maria Halmer ...
Herman Kallenbach (as Gunter Maria Halmer)
Alyque Padamsee ...


In 1893, 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 from World ... Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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A WORLD EVENT It took one remarkable man to defeat the British Empire and free a nation of 350 million people. His goal was freedom for India. His strategy was peace. His weapon was his humanity. See more »


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Release Date:

25 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Richard Attenborough's Film: Gandhi  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 12,044,631 (Sweden)

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(35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo)| (70 mm prints)


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When plans for the film were announced, Richard Attenborough held a press conference in Delhi for the Indian media. There was much concern expressed about how such a revered figure as Gandhi, a virtual deity to many Indians, would or should be portrayed on screen. One female journalist seriously suggested that Gandhi should only be shown as a brilliant white light moving across the screen(!) An exasperated Attenborough snapped back:" Madam, I am not making a film about bloody Tinkerbell! " See more »


At the cricket match, there are 12 fielders on the pitch (4 leg-side, 6 off-side, plus bowler & keeper.) See more »


[first lines]
Hindu: He will be saying prayers in the garden. Just follow the others.
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Referenced in Miami Blues (1990) 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 true epic, in every sense of the word
15 September 2003 | by (Ottawa, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Very, VERY few films have had the distinct ability to move and inspire me to the point where the effect is almost life-altering. "Gandhi" - the unbelievable, first-rate biopic on the historical figure - is truly one of those films, no question whatsoever. An unsurprising sweep for the 1983 Academy Awards, this is without a doubt one of the last real "epic" motion pictures ever.

Chronicling the rich, unforgettable life of a one Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi - played to shocking perfection by the wonderful Sir Ben Kingsley - this is a film that I can say really, deeply affected me with its power, its scale, and of course, its timeless message of love and non-violence. As a matter of fact, ever since I first saw the film, and became much more aware of the back story, I can also say that Gandhi is now one of my biggest role models in life. I cannot fully express how much this great man's way of thinking - his words, his struggles, his accomplishments - has affected my own, for I am now a practicing pacifist. I am a firm believer in the value of non-violent protest, and have tried my best to apply that philosophy to most situations in my life. It has worked wonders for me, and has really changed how I view the world in terms of human nature and so forth. Like I said, VERY few films can do something like that to me.

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