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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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John Briley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Storyline

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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The Man of the Century. The Motion Picture of a Lifetime. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

UK | India | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,767,889

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,767,889
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo: in selected threatres)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In 1952, Gabriel Pascal secured an agreement from the then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Nehru, to make a movie of Gandhi's life. However, Pascal died two years later before preparations were completed. See more »

Goofs

Whilst it is true that electricity was unavailable to most Indian villages during Mohandas K. Gandhi's lifetime, it can be expected that poles supporting, what seem to be power lines along the railroad right-of-way during Gandhi's tour of India, are instead supporting telegraph lines, some of which were in place as early as the 1850s. 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 »

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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Referenced in That's My Boy (2012) 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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Great Man, Great Story, Great Film!
30 July 2003 | by djecatepecSee all my reviews

This is one that absolutely must go on everyone's "must see" list. One of the truly greatest movies ever made. For those who found it "boring" or "too long," you folks need to just stick to stuff like "Star Wars," "Terminator," "Spiderman," or perhaps reality TV would be more your cup of tea.

For those who like to actually see real human history come to life on the screen, "Gandhi" is a true masterpiece for all times. A excellent summary of one of the greatest and most interesting lives of the 20th. century!

I find it odd that aside from a fine performance in "Shindler's List," that Ben Kingsley has really been a major disappointment as an actor following his role as "Gandhi." Perhaps like George C. Scott in "Patton," he was destined to play just one truly great role as an actor. And this was it!

For those who keep mentioning that Kingsley is "English," well, yes he is, but he is also "Anglo-Indian." His father is from India. In fact his father was born in the same small sea-coast town as Mahatma Gandhi! While filming the movie in the small towns of rural India, there were those older people who actually remembered seeing the original Gandhi who collapsed in shock when they saw Kingsley in his makeup. Hundreds became convinced that he actually was the Mahatma, returned! Also interesting is that Kingsley was born just after the asassination of Gandhi. I mean that's just a tad spooky, no....?


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