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Gandhi
- Ben Kingsley

Overview - This Oscar-winning biopic is the acclaimed dramatization of the life of Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi, from his beginnings as a South African-educated lawyer through his historic, galvanizing struggle to free India from British Colonial rule.  Read more...

 
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Overview

This Oscar-winning biopic is the acclaimed dramatization of the life of Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi, from his beginnings as a South African-educated lawyer through his historic, galvanizing struggle to free India from British Colonial rule. With a large, distinguished cast, headlined by Ben Kingsley in a nuanced performance, Sir Richard Attenborough's biopic is a classic of the genre. GANDHI earned a mammoth 11 Academy Award Nominations and took home nine statuettes, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Ben Kingsley, and Best (Original) Screenplay.

Awards:
1982 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration Winner
1982 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design Winner
1982 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner
1982 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1982 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Winner
1982 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1982 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
1982 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner
1982 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay Winner

Cast List

John Gielgud - British Actor/Author, ARTHUR (1981)
Sir John Gielgud - British Actor/Author, ARTHUR (1981)
Arthur John Gielgud - British Actor/Author, ARTHUR (1981)
Nigel Hawthorne - British Actor, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE (1995)
Om Puri - Indian Actor
Ian Bannen - Scottish Supporting Actor
Richard Attenborough - Oscar-winning director/producer/actor
Sir Richard Attenborough - Oscar-winning director/producer/actor
Athol Fugard - South African Playwright
John Briley - Screenwriter (GANDHI)
Ben Kingsley - British actor, GANDHI/SCHINDLER'S LIST
Krishna Banji - British actor, GANDHI/SCHINDLER'S LIST
Sir Ben Kingsley - British actor, GANDHI/SCHINDLER'S LIST
Candice Bergen - American Film and Television Actress, MURPHY BROWN
Roshan Seth - Actor/In UK
Martin Sheen - American actor, THE WEST WING
Ramon Estevez - American actor, THE WEST WING
Trevor Howard - British Actor
Billy Williams - Director of Photography
Ravi Shankar - Indian Sitarist/Composer
Amrish Puri - Actor/"Indiana Jones..."
Edward Fox - British Actor
Ronnie Taylor - British Director Of Photography

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 191
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396174375
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: May 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Biography

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Politics
Recommended
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
Richard Attenborough's award-winning epic recounts the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. In South Africa, a young Indian lawyer is booted off a train for refusing to ride second-class. Fed up with the unjust political system, he joins the Indian Congress Party, which encourages social change through passive resistance. When his "subversive" activities land him in jail, masses of low-skilled workers strike to support his non-violent yet revolutionary position. Back in India, Gandhi renounces the Western way of life and struggles to organize Indian labor against British colonialism. A strike costs many British soldiers their lives, so the crown responds by slaughtering 1,500 Indians. Enraged, the ascetic, spiritual leader continues to preach pacifism until he has lead India out from under the tyranny of British imperialism.

Notes:
The Columbia TriStar special edition video #80753 is part of a limited edition Academy Awards sell through package that comes with a free copy of "Oscar's Greatest Moments," a classic collection of some of the most memorable moments from Oscar telecasts. Color by Technicolor; shot in Panavision, 70mm. Rated BBFC A by the British Board of Film Classification.

Reviews:
"...The embattled spirit of respect for human dignity and the need for mutual tolerance flow clearly through the film..." - 12/01/1982 Sight and Sound, p.64-5


"...Eloquently expressive and technically exquisite....The score, springing from the talents of Ravi Shankar and George Fenton is a major plus in evocation of the film's many emotional variations..." - 11/24/1982 Variety


"...Ben Kingsley's central performance shines..." - 03/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.64


"...A challenging and inspiring story..." - 08/01/2000 Total Film, p.100

 
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