The Mahabharata (1989)

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Jealousy and hatred is what separates the Pandava and Kaurava. The Kaurava fear the Pandava are after the throne of their father. Yudhishthira of the Pandava gets told by the deity Krishna that he will become king. A war is inevitable.

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 Hidimbi / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Maurice Bénichou ...
 Kitchaka (3 episodes, 1990)
Amba Bihler ...
 Virata's daughter (3 episodes, 1990)
Lou Bihler ...
 Young Karna (3 episodes, 1990)
Urs Bihler ...
 Dushassana (3 episodes, 1990)
Ryszard Cieslak ...
 Dhritharashtra (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Duryodhana (3 episodes, 1990)
Jean-Paul Denizon ...
 Nakula (3 episodes, 1990)
Mamadou Dioumé ...
 Bhima (3 episodes, 1990)
Miriam Goldschmidt ...
 Kunti (3 episodes, 1990)
Hapsari Hardjito ...
 Abhimanyu's wife (3 episodes, 1990)
Nolan Hemmings ...
 Abhimanyu (3 episodes, 1990)
Ken Higelin ...
 Deathless boy (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Ashwattaman (3 episodes, 1990)
Gisèle Hogard ...
 1st princess (3 episodes, 1990)
Corinne Jaber ...
 Amba / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Lutfi Jakfar ...
 Uttara (3 episodes, 1990)
Akram Khan ...
 Ekalavya (3 episodes, 1990)
Jeffery Kissoon ...
 Karna (3 episodes, 1990)
Sotigui Kouyaté ...
 Bhisma (3 episodes, 1990)
Joseph Kurian ...
 Drishtadyumna (3 episodes, 1990)
Tuncel Kurtiz ...
 Shakuni (3 episodes, 1990)
Robert Langdon Lloyd ...
 Vyasa (3 episodes, 1990)
Clement Masdongar ...
 Gazelle (3 episodes, 1990)
Leela Mayor ...
 Satyavati (3 episodes, 1990)
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ...
 Arjuna (3 episodes, 1990)
Bruce Myers ...
 Ganesha / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Yumi Nara ...
 Virata's wife (3 episodes, 1990)
Tamsir Niane ...
 Urvasi (3 episodes, 1990)
Yoshi Oida ...
 Drona (3 episodes, 1990)
Hélène Patarot ...
 Gandhari (3 episodes, 1990)
Abbi Patrix ...
 Salvi (3 episodes, 1990)
Julie Romanus ...
 2nd princess (3 episodes, 1990)
Bakary Sangaré ...
 Ghatotkatcha / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Mallika Sarabhai ...
 Draupadi (3 episodes, 1990)
Andrzej Seweryn ...
 Yudhishthira (3 episodes, 1990)
Mas Soegeng ...
 Virata (3 episodes, 1990)
Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan ...
 The Boy (3 episodes, 1990)
Tapa Sudana ...
 Pandu / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Mahmoud Tabrizi-Zadeh ...
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Myriam Tadesse ...
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Storyline

In ancient India the five Pandava brothers, Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva, are cousins of the sons of king Dhritharashtra, known as the Kaurava. The five are the sons of the wives of king Pandu, who seceded in favor of his blind brother after he was cursed. The men are raised together, but from the beginning there are difficulties. They are prone to fight and when Arjuna becomes a great archer, the Kaurava are both jealous and afraid. Is it the kingdom the Pandava are after? Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandava, strives after it as he is told by the deity Krishna that he will become king. The hatred and jealousy of the Kaurava grows even stronger when the Pandava turn a barren wasteland Dhritharashtra gave them into a great court. This can't go on forever. Inevitably a war will follow, a war that will shake the foundations of the Earth. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Release Date:

15 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il mahabharata  »

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$334,077 (USA)
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Krishna: The victory of the Pandava is assured. Tell your friends: 'Look - it's spring. The buds are sweet, the water sparkles, everyone is joyful... we're going to die.'
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superb mythographic projection
19 January 2002 | by (san diego cal) – See all my reviews

Brooks has done an amazing job of distilling the monumental indian epic into less than a 6 hour film. In the process, a lot of good stuff had to left out, but what remains is pure gold.

The style is spare and theatrical, with fairly minimal sets. Rather than detracting from the sense of immediacy, however, the lack of background serves to throw the characters into bolder relief. And what characters! Arjuna, Yudhisthira, Draupadi, Bhima, Krishna - marvelous characters all. And the 'bad guys' are nearly as good - flawed, but complex and even somewhat sympathetic. The minor characters too are arresting - bhishma and drona especially.

This movie translates the power of myth to the screen better than any other by far. Maybe when LotR is complete that will change, but for now Mahabharata reigns supreme.


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