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Gandhi -- A biography of Mahatma Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British through his philosophy of non-violent protest.
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25 February 1983 (USA) See more »
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His Triumph Changed The World Forever. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 8 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 20 nominations See more »
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Beautiful Film See more (226 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ben Kingsley ... Mahatma Gandhi

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
Athol Fugard ... General Smuts
Günther Maria Halmer ... Herman Kallenbach (as Gunter Maria Halmer)

Saeed Jaffrey ... Sardar Patel

Geraldine James ... Mirabehn
Alyque Padamsee ... Mohammed Ali Jinnah

Amrish Puri ... Khan

Roshan Seth ... Pandit Nehru
Rohini Hattangadi ... Kasturba Gandhi (as Rohini Hattangady)

Ian Bannen ... Senior Police Officer
Michael Bryant ... Principal Secretary
John Clements ... Advocate General

Richard Griffiths ... Collins

Nigel Hawthorne ... Kinnoch
Bernard Hepton ... G.O.C.

Michael Hordern ... Sir George Hodge
Shreeram Lagoo ... Professor Gokhale

Om Puri ... Nahari
Virendra Razdan ... Maulana Azad
Richard Vernon ... Sir Edward Gait
Harsh Nayyar ... Nathuran Godse
Prabhakar Patankar ... Prakash
Vijay Kashyap ... Apte
Nigam Prakash ... Karkare
Supriya Pathak ... Manu
Neena Gupta ... Abha (as Nina Gupta)

Shane Rimmer ... Commentator
Peter Harlowe ... Lord Mountbatten
Anang Desai ... J.B. Kripalani
Winston Ntshona ... Porter

Peter Cartwright ... European Passenger

Marius Weyers ... Conductor
Richard Mayes ... Baker
Alok Nath ... Tyeb Mohammed
Dean Gasper ... Singh

Ken Hutchison ... Police Sergeant
Norman Chancer ... Reporter
Gulshan Kapoor ... Rich Merchant
Charu Bala Chokshi ... Ayah
Raj Chaturvedi ... Harilal Gandhi
Avpar Jhita ... Manilal Gandhi
Anthony Sagger ... Ramdas Gandhi
David Gant ... Daniels

Daniel Day-Lewis ... Colin (as Daniel Day Lewis)
Ray Burdis ... Youth
Daniel Peacock ... Youth
Avis Bunnage ... Colin's Mother
Caroline Hutchison ... Sonja Schlesin
Mohan Agashe ... Tyeb Mohammed's Friend
Sudhanshu Mishra ... Man in Gallery
Dina Nath ... Miner
John Savident ... Manager of the Mine
John Patrick ... Mounted Police Sergeant
Michael Godley ... Clergyman
Stewart Harwood ... Prison Officer
Stanley McGeagh ... Prison Guard
Christopher Good ... Young Englishman
David Markham ... Older Englishman
Jyoti Sarup ... Young Indian Reporter
John Naylor ... English Reporter
Wilson George ... American Reporter
Hansu Mehta ... Older Indian Reporter
Sudarshan Sethi ... Motilal Nehru
Sunila Pradhan ... Mrs. Motilal Nehru
Moti Makan ... Traveller on Train Roof
Jalal Agha ... Traveller on Train Roof
Rupert Frazer ... Cavalry Troop Leader
Manohar Pitale ... Shukla
Homi Daruvala ... Nehru's Friend
K.K. Raina ... Nehru's Friend
Vivek Swaroop ... Nehru's Friend
Raja Biswas ... Nehru's Friend

Dominic Guard ... Subaltern

Bernard Hill ... Sergeant Putnam
Rama Kant Jha ... Village Leader
Nana Palsikar ... Villager
Alpna Gupta ... Villager's Wife
Chandrakant Thakkar ... Policeman
John Quentin ... Batsman

Graham Seed ... Wicket-Keeper
Keith Drinkel ... Major
Bob Babenia ... Police Guard (as Bob Barbenia)
Gerald Sim ... Magistrate
Colin Farrell ... Clerk
Sanjeev Puri ... Young Man
Gareth Forwood ... Secretary
Vijay Crishna ... Chauffeur
Sankalp Dubey ... Servant
James Cossins ... Brigadier
Gurcharan Singh ... Speaker in Jallianwalla Bagh
John Vine ... A.D.C.
Geoffrey Chater ... Government Advocate
Ernest Clark ... Lord Hunter
Habib Tanvir ... Indian Barrister (as Habib Tanveer)
Pankaj Mohan ... Mahadev Desai
Subhash Gupta ... Policeman at Chauri Chaura
Aadil ... Policeman at Chauri Chaura
Rajeshwar Nath ... Marcher at Chauri Chaura
S.S. Thakur ... Marcher at Chauri Chaura
Rahul Gupta ... Boy with Goat
Barry John ... Police Superintendant
Brian Oulton ... Clerk of Court
James Snell ... Court Reporter
John Boxer ... Court Reporter
Gerard Norman ... Court Reporter
Bernard Horsfall ... General Edgar
Richard Leech ... Brigadier
Pankaj Kapur ... Pyarelal (as Pankaj Kapoor)
Tarla Mehta ... Sarojini Naidu
David Sibley ... Subaltern
Dalip Tahil ... Zia (as Daleep Tahil)
Stanley Lebor ... Police Officer
Terrence Hardiman ... Ramsay MacDonald
Monica Gupta ... Little Girl
Jon Croft ... Colonel
William Hoyland ... Adjutant

John Ratzenberger ... American Lieutenant
Jack McKenzie ... Major at Aga Khan Palace
Tom Alter ... Doctor at Aga Khan Palace
Jane Myerson ... Lady Mountbatten
Roop Kumar Razdan ... Hindu Youth at Ashram
Bani Sharad Joshi ... Woman Refugee
Vagish Kumar Singh ... Man Refugee
Dilsher Singh ... Abdul Ghaffar Khan
Sudhir Dalvi ... Police Commissioner (as Sudheer Dalavi)
Tilak Raj ... Tahib
Irpinder Puri ... Sushila Nayyar
Pren Kapoor ... Hindu Youth in Calcutta Street
Vinay Apte ... Hindu Youth in Calcutta Street
Aswani Kumar ... Hindu Youth in Calcutta Street
Avinash Dogra ... Hindu Youth in Calcutta Street
Shreedhar Joshi ... Hindu Youth in Calcutta Street
Suhas Palshikar ... Hindu Youth in Calcutta Street
Karkirat Singh ... Nehru's Aide
Shekhar Chatterjee ... Suhrawardy
Amarjeet ... Goonda (as Amargit)
Pratap Desai ... Goonda
Bhatawadekar Prakash ... Goonda
Sunil Shende ... Goonda
Rovil Sinha ... Goonda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Derek Lyons ... Radio Reporter at Funeral (uncredited)
Gito Santana ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Stephen M. Silverman ... British Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Attenborough 
 
Writing credits
John Briley (written by)

Produced by
Richard Attenborough .... producer
Rani Dubé .... co-producer
Suresh Jindal .... associate producer
Michael Stanley-Evans .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ravi Shankar 
 
Cinematography by
Ronnie Taylor (director of photography)
Billy Williams (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Bloom (film editor)
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
 
Production Design by
Stuart Craig 
 
Art Direction by
Norman Dorme 
Robert W. Laing (supervising art director) (as Bob Laing)
Ram Yedekar 
 
Set Decoration by
Michael Seirton 
 
Costume Design by
Bhanu Athaiya 
John Mollo 
 
Makeup Department
Paula Gillespie .... chief hairdresser
Tony Horsfield .... makeup assistant
Vera Mitchell .... assistant hairdresser
Connie Reeve .... makeup assistant
Mariam Samuel .... assistant hairdresser (as Miriam Samuel)
Mustaque Sheikh .... makeup assistant
Tom Smith .... makeup supervisor
John Webber .... makeup assistant
 
Production Management
Rashid Abbasi .... unit manager
Nassar Abdulla .... assistant unit manager (as Nasir Abdullah)
Terence A. Clegg .... in charge of production
Alexander De Grunwald .... production manager
Devi Dutt .... production manager: second unit
Shama Habibullah .... production manager
Gerry Levy .... unit manager
Grania O'Shannon .... unit manager
P.V. Rao .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bhisham Bhasin .... assistant director
Roy Button .... assistant director
Steve Lanning .... assistant director
John Mathew Matthan .... first assistant director: second unit (as John Matthew)
Govind Nihalani .... second unit director
Uday Shankar Pani .... first assistant director: second unit (as U.S. Pani)
M.R. Shahjahan .... assistant director (as M. Shahjahan)
Kamal Swaroop .... assistant director
David Tomblin .... first assistant director
Julian Wall .... assistant director
Peter Waller .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Amal Allana .... set dresser
Nissat Allana .... set dresser (as Nissar Allana)
Roger Cain .... draughtsman
Nobby Clark .... standby rigger
G.D. Dixit .... construction liaison (as G. Dixit)
Agnes Fernandes .... assistant art director
Dick Frift .... construction manager
Micky Guyett .... standby painter (as Mickey Guyett)
Aruna Harprasard .... set dresser (as Aruna Harprasad)
Vala Kothari .... production buyer
Joe Lear .... standby plasterer
Jill Quertier .... set dresser
Jeff Reid .... standby carpenter
Cliff Robinson .... assistant art director
Tony Teiger .... standby props
Charles Torbett .... property master
Agnes Goveas .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Nigel Davis .... sound boom operator
Taffy Haines .... sound maintenance
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist
Archie Ludski .... dialogue editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... dubbing mixer
Rajen Rajkhowa .... sound assistant (as Rajan Rajkhowa)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David H. Watkins .... special effects supervisor (as David Watkins)
 
Visual Effects by
Martyn Hall .... visual effects (uncredited)
Gary Shaw .... optical assistant cameraman: Geoff Axtell Assoc. (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chic Anstiss .... camera operator
Pablo Bartholomew .... stillsman: second unit
G.S. Bhaskar .... second camera assistant (as G.S. Bhasker)
Apurba Kishore Bir .... second camera operator (as A.K. Bir)
Devlin Bose .... focus puller: second camera
Robin Browne .... aerial photographer
Frank Connor .... stillsman
Ted Deason .... focus puller
Terry Goddard .... best boy
Nobby Godden .... camera maintenance
K. Kanti .... focus puller: second unit
Ashwini Kaul .... second camera assistant
Alan Martin .... electrical supervisor
Govind Nihalani .... cameraman: second unit
D. Panday .... camera grip: second unit
Gyan Sahay .... assistant camera: second unit
Danny Shelmerdine .... clapper loader
Jimmy Waters .... camera grip
 
Casting Department
Yog Batra .... crowd casting
Soonu Ghadially .... assistant casting: India
Shailendra Goel .... crowd casting
Jill Mellis .... crowd casting
Dolly Thakore .... casting: India
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
V.K. Dixit .... wardrobe assistant
Sally Downing .... wardrobe mistress
Nic Ede .... wardrobe master (as Nicholas Ede)
Shernaz Italia .... wardrobe assistant
Aperna Kasara .... wardrobe assistant (as Aperna Katara)
Sina Kaul .... advisor: Indian wardrobe
Vinod Kumar .... wardrobe assistant
Pavan Malhotra .... wardrobe assistant
Manju Raj Saraogi .... costumes executor: Indian
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Adams .... post-production assistant
Gary Beard .... assistant editor
Neil Farrell .... assistant editor
Raj Kothari .... assistant editor
Mick Monks .... assistant editor
Alan Pattillo .... associate editor
Chris Ridsdale .... assembly editor
Dilip Roy .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Sati Tooray .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Harish Desai .... musician (as Ashit Desai)
P. Desai .... musician
George Fenton .... composer: additional music
George Fenton .... music conductor
George Fenton .... orchestral score
Ashish Khan .... musician
Ustad Sultan Khan .... musician (as Sultan Khan)
Sharad Kumar .... musician
T.K. Ramakrishnan .... musician
Vijay Raghava Rao .... music coordinator (as Vijay Raghav Rao)
Vijay Raghava Rao .... musician (as Vijay Raghav Rao)
John Richards .... music recordist
Lakshmi Shankar .... musician
Francis Silkstone .... music coordinator
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Brian Hathaway .... transport captain
K.N. Sethi .... transport manager (as Major K.N. Sethi)
 
Other crew
Margaret Adams .... contact: London
G.D. Bakshi .... catering assistant: The Location Caterers
Colonel Balachandra .... military advisor
Mohini Banerji .... liaison: Delhi
S. Banerji .... military liaison (as Air Commodore S. Banerji)
S. Banerji .... police liaison (as Air Commodore S. Banerji)
Judi Bunn .... production secretary (as Judith Bunn)
Sharlene Chatelier .... production assistant
Eleanor Chaudhuri .... production assistant
Graham Ford .... location manager
E.R. Gopinathan .... assistant accountant
Jo Hannam .... assistant accountant
Diana Hawkins .... director of publicity
Clare Howard .... production secretary
Pat Howell .... chief accountant
Padma Iyer .... continuity: second unit
Sudhir Krishna .... unit doctor (as Dr. S. Krishna)
Terry Mellis .... production accountant
Lorna Mueller .... researcher
Loretta Ordewer .... production coordinator
Dilshad Panday .... production assistant
R. Puri .... historical consultant (as Professor R. Puri)
June Randall .... continuity
Rajiv Suri .... location manager: second unit
Sudesh Syal .... location manager
Dolly Thakore .... unit publicist
Diana White .... publicity secretary
Michael White .... assistant to director
Bob Bridges .... louma crane technician (uncredited)
Richard Morrison .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Motilal Kothari .... this film is dedicated to
Louis Mountbatten .... this film is dedicated to (as Earl Mountbatten of Burma K.G.)
Jawaharlal Nehru .... this film is dedicated to (as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru)
 
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Also Known As:
"Richard Attenborough's Film: Gandhi" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
191 min
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Color:
Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
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For the funeral scene, advertisements calling for 400,000 extras were either distributed in pamphlets and by newspapers in Delhi. Extras were not allowed to wear anything other than white and as part of security measures, turnstiles were built at selected entry points for crowd control. The crew bought any clothing that was not white.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Hoisting of the Indian Flag on independence is shown to happen in broad daylight when in reality, it took place at Midnight.See more »
Quotes:
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Title Card: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...
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Soundtrack:
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171 out of 203 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful Film, 29 January 2002
Author: Rod-88 from Dallas TX

"The object of this massive tribute died as he had always lived, without wealth, without property, without official title or office. Mahatma Gandhi was not the commander of armies, nor the ruler of vast lands. He could not boast any scientific achievement or artistic gift. Yet men, governments, dignitaries from all over the world, have joined hands today to pay homage to the little brown man in the loin cloth, who led his country to freedom."

This quote is from the funeral scene in the 1982 film "Gandhi". Richard Attenborough directed this massive epic about the man that freed India. The film opens with Gandhi's assassination. The next scene, his funeral, is one of the greatest scenes in cinematic history. Attenborough managed to recreate Gandhi's funeral on January 31st, 1981, the 33rd anniversary of the actual funeral. It is estimated that nearly 400,000 people were on hand to be a part of the filming the recreation. This film was made before CGI (computer generated images), so the funeral scene is probably the last live action crowd of that magnitude that will ever be filmed.

Mahatma Gandhi's message of non-violent resistance is delivered in an interesting and enthralling body of art. This film has made and will make millions of people aware of the little brown man that took on the British Empire and won. "Gandhi" serves both as entertainment and an important historical record of one of the most important figures in history.

Ben Kingsley played Gandhi. He was the perfect for the role. He resembled the real Gandhi. He was young enough to portray Gandhi as a young man. He is a British actor that nailed the British influenced Indian accent. He is a wonderful actor that was patient and humble with such an important part. And he was a relatively unknown actor at the time, so the "big-time actor" persona did not get in the way of viewing the film. He did win both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best actor, for this role, which I agree he deserved. He became Gandhi.

The cinematography was outstanding. Attenborough filmed "Gandhi" on location in India. The scenes of India are spectacular, and India is very much another character in the film. This film is as much about India itself as it is about Gandhi. Attenborough shows the audience the people of India from its countryside to the vast city of Calcutta. It is suggested by Kingsley, on the DVD, that Attenborough had a difficult time with the elite class in India at the time of filming. They were against the making of such a film by an Englishman. Undeterred by their negative thinking, he persevered to enlist thousands of Indians to help make this film. Every crowd scene, he used real Indians from the area. Attenborough also won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best direction.

This movie is a must see for everyone. It should be required viewing in high schools, as part of History class. The fight against prejudice will forever be relevant. It is also a beautiful work of art. This movie is not tainted by the embellishment of Hollywood (see "Pearl Harbor" for that). Of course, it would have been hard to screw up a movie about such a great man. 10/10

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