1982 "His triumph changed the world forever."


8 | 3h11m | PG | en | Drama

In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of 'passive resistance', endeavouring to win freedom for his people without resorting to bloodshed.

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Released: December. 08,1982 | Released Producted By: Columbia Pictures , Goldcrest Country: United States of America Budget: 0 Revenue: 0 Official Website:

In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of 'passive resistance', endeavouring to win freedom for his people without resorting to bloodshed.

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Ben Kingsley , Candice Bergen , Edward Fox


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kartiknnagar 'Gandhi' is a comprehensive biographical sketch of one of the greatest men of contemporary times, and certainly the greatest man in the history of India. It also dutifully covers almost all the major events of India's independence struggle from the rule of the British Empire. In spite of being an historical account, the movie is by no means dry or pedantic, and it covers a large span of years with perfect pacing, often being witty, moving, humorous, thought-provoking and sprinkled with large doses of Gandhiji's famous messages.It is ironic that a Britisher would create such a moving and heartfelt portrayal, and it does hurt the credibility of the movie that every one is speaking in perfect English (even Gandhiji's famous last words are in English). Having said that, the movie is completely successful in exploring the life and character of Gandhiji, and in providing a faithful overview of the difficulties involved in the birth of India.India's independence struggle was unique, and Gandhiji's idea of non-violent non co-operation and shaming the Britishers by attacking their good image and appealing to their sense of morality and honour was a master stroke. As a person, all of Gandhiji's admirable qualities are on full display here : he was a man of strong conviction, an iron will, a sharp intellect and complete dedication to the cause of a strong, independent India.To be honest, the events portrayed in the movie are so far in the past that it is easy to debate about the importance of Gandhiji's non-violent movement in hindsight : India would probably have gained its independence sooner or later since the Britishers had suffered massive losses in the Second World War, but without Gandhiji, it is hard to guess whether would it have been more violent or less violent, and what values and principles we Indians as a nation would have inherited. It is also debatable how much of those values and principles that Gandhiji so strongly advocated have survived in the present time. All that said, it is certainly beyond debate that MK Gandhi was a great man, and his philosophy and his pivotal role in the birth of India will always be remembered.
cinemajesty Film Review: "Gandhi" (1982)Director Richard Attenborough (1923-2014) at the peak of its creative powers, accumulating a massive independently-gathered budget throughout this international UK-based production on the real-life events of a historic cinematic-compelling figure Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), in this case with amazing-resemblance portrayed by actor Ben Kingsley, who carries the picture with devote charisma, when also-producing director Richard Attenborough captures the life and death of "Gandhi" from his early days as law school graduate in race war-mongering "South Africa" at the turn of the 20th century towards the outbreak of World-War-One in 1914 before this overly-righteous regarded character gets glorified to a legend of modern resistance against Imperalistic regimes in this case the India-occupying British Empire, which like no others indulges into colonialism, starting exceedingly under iron-handed ruling Queen Victoria (1819-1901).Cinematography by switching lighting cameramen and the décor of the picture are researched to the utmost of authenticity by production designer Stuart Craig, also known for winning Academy-Awards for "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988) and "The English Patient" (1996), in favors for a solidly as towards classic Intermission striking director, who has not shy away from presenting his fellow country-men as barbarous, relentless, arguably cruel ingeniously-performed due to impeccable dignity by actor Edward Fox, at age 44, when endless suffering scenes in almost two decades of the leading character's encampment under lowest life-form conditions with recurring "Hunger-Strikes" that word-of-mouth reaches the highest occupying military ranks and governmental monarchic rulers that the end of a seemingly-vvasted life of less than joy proportions gets only justified by a county's independence declared on August 15th 1947, when comparison toward today's India got closer then ever to western civilization policies of the richest and the fittest in a global player ongoing cold-served undermining war of dominion, where reason on frequent basis must perish. This "Best Picture of 1982" honored with eight Oscars, including Best Actor for Sir Ben Kingsley and Best Director Sir Richard Attenborough (1923-2014) at the Academy Awards ceremony in its 55th edition, winning over fairly-competitive pictures as Paul Newman (1925-2008) starring court-room Drama "The Verdict" directed by Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) and foreign-hostage-taking Political-Drama "Missing" directed by Costa-Gravas with "E.T.-the-Extra-Terrestrial" directed by Steven Spielberg and "Tootsie" directed by Sidney Pollack (1934-2008) keep on Hollywood entertainment factors intact.© 2018 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)
julekortemeier ''There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail.'' - Mohandas Gandhi This quote from the movie 'Gandhi', which was published in 1982, and produced and directed by Richard Attenborough, who also worked on various different movie genres and didn't only concentrate on historical movies or biographies, shows Gandhis' view of riots and violence in India. The film tells the story of Mohandas Gandhi, an Indian citizen fighting for equality and independence. Many people showed great interest in his life, which led to 8 Oscar-Acadamy-Awards and great success. The movie starts with a scene, in which Gandhi is assassinated and continues with his funeral in 1948. Then, there is a time leap to 1893, where Gandhi gets thrown off of a train in South Africa, because he isn't white. Because of that and other aspects of discrimination, he starts his first protest, in which he already follows his concept of satyagraha, a peaceful way of protest. The movie goes on and more and more people follow him and participate in his protests, making them more powerful. After a while, almost every Indian knows, who Mohandas Gandhi is, making his hunger fast a powerful weapon against war and riots. The film shows his influence on the people and on India generally and how he affected India's history and possibly prevented the death of many people. The actor, which plays Gandhi, Ben Kingsley, is very convincing. He transfers Gandhi's calmness and wiseness, but also his word power and influence on other Indians. It is shown that Gandhi would have willingly died at a protest or at a hunger strike, if it had helped to create peace in India. He thought of India as a union between Muslims, Hindus and all other religious groups, which was also why he was against partitioning India. His view on the problem seemed to be the right view, as mass violence and riots were only a few effects of Partition. The movie, which was filmed in India, preserves a great insight into the true life of an Indian at that time. It shows the discrimination, starting in the second scene, in which Gandhi is thrown off of the train, because he refused to leave the first class, which was only for white people. In another scene it is shown that Indians weren't allowed to walk on the side walk, since again, only white people were allowed to walk on there. In almost every scene it gets clear that the British were clearly privileged and the Indians were less worth as much than the British. Altogether, I would recommend watching the movie, since it isn't only historically informative but also allows an inside look into the life of Indians at the time of Partition. It shows that almost every Indian was invested into the war and the riots and that there was barely a way to avoid it. In my opinion, it also illustrates the big impact of Mohandas Gandhi and that the war wouldn't have passed as peaceful as it did with him.
hannemannnils These are Gandhi's words when Hindus and Muslims are killing each other in the 1982 biographical drama "Gandhi" about the man who freed India.It was written by John Briley and produced and directed by Richard Attenborough. Mahatma Gandhi's message of non-violent resistance, called Satyagraha, is displayed in a very interesting and convincing way. I think this movie has already made a lot of people aware of Gandhi's good deeds not only for India. This man did not only free India but he also brought a lot of attention on how the British treated their colonies. The movie shows this in an entertaining way and is an important historical memory at the same time.Even 45 years after its release, the cinematography of "Gandhi" is still kind of breathtaking. From its countryside to big cities like Calcutta, Attenborough portrays many different aspects of India very well. He even used real Indian people for the many crowded scenes. Almost every scene in this movie has something spectacular to it. Attenborough won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best direction.Gandhi is played by Ben Kingsley, who was an unknown actor at that time. Kingsley did not only play him, he became Gandhi. Deservingly he won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best actor.All in all, I can only recommend watching "Gandhi" as it just is a wonderful movie with a great atmosphere. It is a film which describes the various characters very well and is also beautifully produced by Attenborough. I would say it is a must-watch for everyone enjoying a well-written story line with historical context and nice character description.