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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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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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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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Trivia

When this film was released in 1982, there were some strong criticisms against this film. Richard Grenier wrote both an article and a book called "The Gandhi Nobody Knows (1983)" criticizing both this film and Indian Government for portraying Gandhi as a saint. Grenier points out that the government of India openly admits to having provided one-third of the financing of Gandhi out of state funds, straight out of the national treasury. Grenier's book inspired Col. G.B. Singh to write the book "Gandhi Behind the Mask of Divinity" and co-write the book "Gandhi under cross examination" with Timothy Watson (also known as Timothy Spearman) which contains more criticisms against Gandhi. Timothy Watson also wrote couple of articles criticizing about Gandhi being portrayed as a Saint. See more »

Goofs

When Gandhi tells the man how to escape from hell, the man prostrates himself at Gandhi's feet. Before, the man had tossed a piece of food on Gandhi's stomach. After falling at Gandhi's feet, the piece of food is gone. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Featured in Precious Images (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Sung by Ben Kingsley
Reprised when India achieves independence
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Strong Best Picture Winner of 1982.
15 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Gandhi" is a movie that won the Best Picture Oscar in 1982. It is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Oscar-winner, Ben Kingsley is in his perfect role as Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi, who was originally an attorney or lawyer, and then he became an Indian political leader, who was into non-violent beliefs. Candice Bergen is very good, in her role, as Margaret Bourke-White, a Life magazine American photographer. Martin Sheen is also very good, in his supporting role, as Vince Walker, an American reporter of the New York Times. Richard Attenborough did an excellent job directing this film, and that's why he won the Best Director Oscar. I have this movie on DVD, and I strongly recommend it.

10/10 stars.


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