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Nine Hours to Rama (1963)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, History | 21 February 1963 (UK)
Fictional narrative of Hindu militant activist Nathuram Godse's plan to kill Mahatma Gandhi and of police officer Gopal Das' task to find the killer before it's too late.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Nelson Gidding, Stanley Wolpert (book)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Horst Buchholz ... Naturam Godse
José Ferrer ... Supt. Gopal Das
Valerie Gearon Valerie Gearon ... Rani Mehta
Don Borisenko Don Borisenko ... Naryan Apte
Robert Morley ... P.K. Mussadi
Diane Baker ... Sheila
Harry Andrews ... Gen. Singh
P. Jairaj P. Jairaj ... G.D. Birla (as Jairaj)
David Abraham ... Det. Munda
Achala Sachdev ... Mother
Marne Maitland ... Karnick
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Selvrag Prahlad
Wolfe Morris Wolfe Morris ... Det. Bose
Francis Matthews ... Rampure
Nagendra Nath Nagendra Nath ... Magin Mehta
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"Nine hours to Rama" depicts the life of Nathuram Godse the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. How Godse planned the assassination is shown in the film. How he became a Hindu activist who (unfairly) blamed Gandhi for the killings of thousands of Hindus by Muslims is revealed in a series of flashbacks. Written by <doctorsundar@hotmail.com>

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the murder that changed the lives of millions!


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Nine Hours to Live See more »

Filming Locations:

India See more »

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Budget:

$3,610,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While the Indian government may have not liked the portrayal, in fact Gandhi does not appear very much in the film at all, and when he does, he is presented in a respectful way. But it is a film which gives equal time to his assassins, and which portrays them somewhat sympathetically. That may have been the real offense. See more »

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From The Assassin's Point Of View
18 June 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Nine Hours To Rama tells the story of the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi the founder of the independence movement that led to the creation of India and Pakistan. Many Hindus feel that the latter is more like an unwanted step child that was a byproduct of the birth and thereby hangs a tale of confrontation that has lasted to this day.

Horst Bucholtz plays Nathuram Gotse who actually managed to get up close and personal in 1948 to slay a man many regard as a 20th century saint. Though Gandhi's creed of non-violent resistance worked in getting the British out it wasn't so successful in keeping the Moslem population from creating its own separate state of Pakistan. Those years marked one of the bloodiest conflicts of the last century as Moslems and Hindus both migrated under the guns of war to the boundaries of the new states. Gotse blamed Gandhi for conceding too much to the leader of the Moslem separatists Mohammed Ali Jinnah as did many.

Bucholtz does a good job in playing the fanatic, but personally I think the film is dominated by J.S. Casshyap who gives a remarkable portrayal of the Mahatma. You really do think you're seeing some old newsreel footage of Gandhi in his last years. The Mahatma was not going to compromise, not a bit. Note the frustration of Jose Ferrer as the dedicated police inspector who knows there's a real plot out there, but is helpless as Gandhi will not let him take the slightest kinds of precautions nor will Gandhi alter his schedule. And the scene where Congress Party politician Robert Morley is trying to wangle an endorsement from the Mahatma and Gandhi ever so gently turns him down is very amusing.

Ironic that Nine Hours to Rama came out the year of the assassination of our president in America. Like The Manchurian Candidate, Nine Hours to Rama was deep sixed for a while. If you get a chance to view it, don't pass it up. And definitely see it conjunction with Bhowani Junction and Ben Kingsley's remarkable Gandhi.


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