Gandhi

Release Date: December 8th, 1982

DVD Release Date: August 28th, 2001

PG |3 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

This acclaimed biographical drama presents major events in the life of Mohandas Gandhi (Ben Kingsley), the beloved Indian leader who stood against British rule over his country. Dedicated to the concept of nonviolent resistance, Gandhi is initially dismissed by English officials, including the influential Lord Irwin (John Gielgud), but eventually he and his cause become internationally renowned, and his gatherings of passive protest move India towards independence.

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen, Rohini Hattangadi

Director: Richard Attenborough

Genres: Biography

Production Co: Goldcrest Films International, Indo-British, International Film Investors, Carolina Bank

Keywords: 1940s , Sacrifice , Rise , Moving , Inspiring , Quest , 1930s ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This is a monument that should be visited, but it is a monument of importance only as a reminder of the thing it seeks to memorialize. Gandhi may not be a hagiographic embarrassment to its subject, but it's a waxworks movie, a victory for British reserve. [08 Dec 1982]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    What is important about this film is not that it serves as a history lesson (although it does) but that, at a time when the threat of nuclear holocaust hangs ominously in the air, it reminds us that we are, after all, human, and thus capable of the most extraordinary and wonderful achievements, simply through the use of our imagination, our will, and our sense of right. show more

  • 90
    Slate

    Yes, Gandhi is a hagiography and not a nuanced, darkly shaded, or even very convincing portrait of an ambitious and deeply strange man. And as an account of the muddled, messy origins of Indian independence, the film is guilty of historical malpractice. But taken as a black-and-white morality play, Gandhi is unmatched. Simplifications and all, this is the movie my parents wanted me to see as a child—and it's the movie I'd want my own (purely theoretical) children to see as well. show more

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Awards

Winner Film Editing
Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
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Nominated Supporting Actress
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Nominated Sound
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Winner Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
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Nominated Sound
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Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Film
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Nominated Cinematography
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Winner Best Picture
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Winner Cinematography
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Nominated Film Editing
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Nominated Production Design
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Nominated Makeup
Nominated Make-Up Artist
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Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Winner Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Score
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Winner Actor
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Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Screenplay
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