MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 496 this week

Gandhi (1982)

8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 128,239 users  
Reviews: 225 user | 89 critic

Biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 14 Apr 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 27 May 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 30 Dec 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 18 Apr 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Gandhi" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Gandhi (1982)

Gandhi (1982) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Gandhi.

User Polls

Top 250 #198 | Won 8 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The story of the final Emperor of China.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
Malcolm X (1992)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam and his assassination.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the cofounder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
Hunger (2008)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

Director: Steve McQueen
Stars: Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan
Wilde (1997)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gilbert
Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to speak or walk, and bearing a strange note;... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira
Danton (1983)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, under Robespierre's incitement, has begun a ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Wojciech Pszoniak, Anne Alvaro
Luther (2003)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

Director: Eric Till
Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Peter Ustinov
Becket (1964)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An English king comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's.

Director: Peter Glenville
Stars: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

india | indian | british | muslim | violence | See more »

Taglines:

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 »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

25 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Richard Attenborough's Film: Gandhi  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 12,044,631 (Sweden)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ben Kingsley's (born Krishna Bhanji) paternal family was from the Indian state of Gujarat, the same state Mohandas K. Gandhi was from. See more »

Goofs

Lord Irwin, in real life, was born with a withered left arm with no hand. However, he is shown several times in the movie with both a left and right hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hindu: He will be saying prayers in the garden. Just follow the others.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in QI: Bats (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Sung by Ben Kingsley
Reprised when India achieves independence
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Gandhi's Umpteenth Fast
18 September 2001 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

In her diary entry of Saturday, February 27, 1943, Anne Frank wrote in passing (translated from the Dutch): "The freedom-loving Gandhi of India is holding his umpteenth fast."

It's a comment at once mildly comical and respectfully admiring, one I think the Mahatma would have appreciated with a twinkle and a laugh. He and Miss Frank are linked with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., as the civil rights spokesperson-giants of the 20th century. And civil rights, and the reversal of the institutionalized violation of the same, are a large part of what the last century's politics were all about. Movie viewers are apt to find in the diary remark a distillation of their experience of the Richard Attenborough film. A recommendation is that it be followed by rentals of Saving Private Ryan and The Long Walk Home, which together convey the investment put into the respective causes the trio represented.

At the beginning of Gandhi we confront these words: "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 to try to find one's way to the heart of the man...."

John Briley's screenplay accomplishes that faithfulness, and one probably has to be a scholar of the subject to sort out what is his and what is Gandhi's. Not that it really is of relevance, given what we learn from the movie about the value of eclecticism. Looking out over the bay at Porbandar, Gandhi (Ben Kingsley) tells Walker (Martin Sheen): "The temple where you were yesterday is of my family's sect, the Pranami. It was Hindu of course, but the priests used to read from the Muslim Koran and the Hindu Gita, moving from one to the other as though it mattered not at all which book was read as long as God was worshipped." In a preceding scene, similarly, confronted by young toughs on a South African street, Gandhi defends for his Christian friend Charlie (Ian Charleson) the New Testament intelligence of turning the other cheek. A worried Charlie states, "I think perhaps the phrase was used metaphorically. I don't think our Lord meant...," and is interrupted by a movie shot of the approaching menace. Gandhi replies calmly, "I'm not so certain. I have thought about it a great deal. I suspect he meant you must show courage--be willing to take a blow--several blows--to show you will not strike back--nor will you be turned aside.... And when you do that it calls upon something...that makes...hate for you diminish and...respect increase. I think Christ grasped that and I...have seen it work."

The script is replete with these kinds of memorable words, and with others that reflect its subject's political acumen and strategical cleverness.

Kingsley is sublime in the lead role. Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, and Alyque Padamsee do well as Gandhi's pro-independence collaborators. Ditto, Athol Fugard ("Assuming we are in agreement?") and John Gielgud ("Salt?") as two of his adversaries. Charleson, in his clerical collar, looks like he has walked in off the set of the preceding year's Academy Award winner, Chariots of Fire (where he played the Scottish sprinter-missionary, Eric Liddell).

This movie won eight Oscars, with Attenborough, Briley, and Kingsley all earning honors. No other film biography I ever have seen works so well. It will stand the test of time and inform multiple generations. One doubts remakes will be necessary.


57 of 67 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Untrue. . . naumanhashmi89
Gandhi defeat Hitler? Don't think so. ozzjim
if Gandhi is made in this era, who do you think should play Gandhi ruchi_sweets95
Is this based on a true story? Moneymaker
mahatma gandhi is the greatest world leader of all times sunny-vinay128
Person of the century? Dontplayjack
Discuss Gandhi (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?