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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:
The Viceroy
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Günther Maria Halmer ...
Herman Kallenbach (as Gunter Maria Halmer)
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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 (

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The Man of the Century. The Motion Picture of a Lifetime. See more »


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Release Date:

25 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Richard Attenborough's Film: Gandhi  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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


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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was originally intended in the funeral scene to use a wax effigy of Ben Kingsley as Gandhi. However, on the day, it was clear to Richard Attenborough that the wax dummy would fool no one so Kingsley was asked to lie on the funeral pyre. He kept his eyes shut throughout, despite having petals rain down on him constantly. See more »


When Lord Mountbatten arrives as the final Viceroy, as the National Anthem starts he salutes "Army" style, i.e. "up the long way". He was a Navy officer, and wearing the uniform of the Royal Navy, so his hand would have travelled "the short way". 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 »


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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 (Tilbury, Ontario) – See 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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