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The Mahabharata 

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
Akram Khan Akram Khan ...  Ekalavya 3 episodes, 1990
Jeffery Kissoon ...  Karna 3 episodes, 1990
Sotigui Kouyaté ...  Bhisma 3 episodes, 1990
Joseph Kurian Joseph Kurian ...  Drishtadyumna 3 episodes, 1990
Tuncel Kurtiz ...  Shakuni 3 episodes, 1990
Robert Langdon Lloyd Robert Langdon Lloyd ...  Vyasa 3 episodes, 1990
Clement Masdongar Clement Masdongar ...  Gazelle 3 episodes, 1990
Leela Mayor Leela Mayor ...  Satyavati 3 episodes, 1990
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Hélène Patarot ...  Gandhari 3 episodes, 1990
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Mallika Sarabhai Mallika Sarabhai ...  Draupadi 3 episodes, 1990
Andrzej Seweryn ...  Yudhishthira 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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Dolby

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1.33 : 1
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Duryodhana: Birth is obscure and men are like rivers whose origin are often unknown
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Highly stylized epic for the mind and soul
30 November 1999 | by rmfoughtSee all my reviews

This production of the epic Indian poem describes the war between the Pandava and Kaurava, opposing branches of the same family. The 5 brothers of the Pandava driven by light, the Kaurava driven by darkness, though they both exists somewhere in the grey area between good and evil. This enforces the point that they are one in the same. Before the final battle, Krishna shares with Arjuna the knowledge of the Bhagavad-Gita, the Hindu equivalent of the Bible. Brooks does a fantastic job - the minimalist sets focus the attention on the players, and the multinational cast make this production a lesson for all of humanity, not just Hindus. It is more in the style of a play than a movie, which makes it more enjoyable artistically. The 6 hour full-length version seems daunting, but it is all well worth it.


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