The life of the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.

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John Briley
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Ben Kingsley ... Mahatma Gandhi
Rohini Hattangadi ... Kasturba Gandhi (as Rohini Hattangady)
Roshan Seth ... Pandit Nehru
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
Günther Maria Halmer ... Herman Kallenbach (as Gunter Maria Halmer)
Athol Fugard ... General Smuts
Saeed Jaffrey ... Sardar Patel
Geraldine James ... Mirabehn
Alyque Padamsee ... Mohamed Ali Jinnah
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In 1893, Mohandas K. 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... 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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According to Geoffrey C. Ward's essay about this movie in Mark C. Carnes' book "Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies", Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had told Sir Richard Attenborough in 1963 not to deify Gandhi, since Gandhi was too great a man to be deified. The essay makes the point that Attenborough turned it into a mantra that lost its meaning and that this movie essentially deified Gandhi, leaving out anything about his life that could be construed as negative. See more »

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Margaret Bourke-White was not present at Birla House for Gandhi's assassination, though she had interviewed and photographed him a few hours earlier. See more »

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[first lines]
Hindu: He will be saying prayers in the garden. Just follow the others.
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Crazy Credits

The producers express their thanks in the closing credits to The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of India for the use of its grounds and exteriors for filming locations. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original theatrical release had an intermission at approximately 1 hour 31 minutes in. The second part of the film was preceded by a 3 minute musical interlude over a black screen. Most subsequent releases omitted the intermission. The DVD release includes the Intermission title card and musical interlude. See more »


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Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram
Written by Mohandas K. Gandhi
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Better than you'd think...
21 March 2003 | by Speedy_LubeSee all my reviews

Thinking back, I suppose I have now seen many (sometimes good) films that follow the same recipe: One man makes a difference.

But this film is an exception in so many ways:

1) It was made in 1982, so it came before many of them.

2) It has amazingly well-displayed historical significance.

3) Great performances in a near-flawless, frank scrpit.

This film does not bother the viewer with an opening montage of scenes of the main character at various ages ("Dragon", I'm looking at you). This is an amazing film that anyone of any religion, race, or nationality can and should appreciate. With its subtle relevance to today's situations in that part of the world, this is a history buff must-see.

Watch this film and see great performances (an obvious oscar went to Ben Kingsly), excellent cinematography, and a wonderful inspiring story, whose essence soars well above the corny, do-gooder mentality of other pitiful efforts of "bio-pics".

10/10


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Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

25 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Richard Attenborough's Film: Gandhi See more »

Filming Locations:

Delhi, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$131,153, 12 December 1982

Gross USA:

$52,767,889

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,767,889
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Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Atmos

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2.39 : 1
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