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The Mahabharata 

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Mini-Series (1989–1990)
Jealousy and hatred is what separates the Pandavas and Kauravas. The Kauravas fear the Pandavas are after the throne of their father. Yudhishthira of the Pandavas gets told by the deity, Krishna, that he will become king. A war is inevitable.
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Series cast summary:
Erika Alexander ...  Hidimbi / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Maurice Bénichou ...  Kitchaka 3 episodes, 1990
Amba Bihler Amba Bihler ...  Virata's daughter 3 episodes, 1990
Lou Bihler Lou Bihler ...  Young Karna 3 episodes, 1990
Urs Bihler Urs Bihler ...  Dushassana 3 episodes, 1990
Ryszard Cieslak Ryszard Cieslak ...  Dhritharashtra 3 episodes, 1990
Georges Corraface ...  Duryodhana 3 episodes, 1990
Jean-Paul Denizon Jean-Paul Denizon ...  Nakula 3 episodes, 1990
Mamadou Dioumé Mamadou Dioumé ...  Bhima 3 episodes, 1990
Miriam Goldschmidt Miriam Goldschmidt ...  Kunti 3 episodes, 1990
Hapsari Hardjito Hapsari Hardjito ...  Abhimanyu's wife 3 episodes, 1990
Nolan Hemmings Nolan Hemmings ...  Abhimanyu 3 episodes, 1990
Ken Higelin Ken Higelin ...  Deathless boy 3 episodes, 1990
Ciarán Hinds ...  Ashwattaman 3 episodes, 1990
Gisèle Hogard Gisèle Hogard ...  1st princess 3 episodes, 1990
Corinne Jaber Corinne Jaber ...  Amba / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Lutfi Jakfar Lutfi Jakfar ...  Uttara 3 episodes, 1990
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Jeffery Kissoon ...  Karna 3 episodes, 1990
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Vittorio Mezzogiorno ...  Arjuna 3 episodes, 1990
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Tamsir Niane Tamsir Niane ...  Urvasi 3 episodes, 1990
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Myriam Tadesse Myriam Tadesse ...  Gandhari's servant 3 episodes, 1990
Velu Vishwananan Velu Vishwananan ...  The hermit 3 episodes, 1990
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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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Drama | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il mahabharata See more »

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Gross USA:

$334,077
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| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Grandiose yet Human
20 November 2006 | by martin_g_karlssonSee all my reviews

We follow the Indian great families of gods and demi-gods, and the conflicts that arise between them. Yudhisthira is a righteous man, but can succumb to great foolishness when it comes to gambling. Arjuna the great warrior hero, is prepared for war but yet is besieged by doubts. Is war unavoidable, and is it possible to fight a war without losing? Krishna takes on an ambiguous trickster role, as he proceeds in guiding the Pandava family, but towards what?

This is very much a theatrical version of the story, do not expect any special effects or such, you wont get any here. The stripped down production gives it a timeless feel, and it has its logic, after all how do you do visual justice to gods and great mysteries? The acting is strong, some of the characters are fantastic to just listen to, and more or less the whole cast manages to tread the thin line between the grandiosity and humanity, that the characters possess.

I am a little annoyed that the full version is not available on DVD. Isn't DVD about putting things out in their full length and then some? It feels like an unnecessary loss that we don't get the see the play in its full.

I love these great epics, but the Mahabharata in particular can be a pain in the butt to try and read, in its enormous length, so to get condensed version of it as a play, this well executed and acted out, is well, a god-send.


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