Gandhi (1982)



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Biography of Mahatma Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British through his philosophy of non-violent protest. Full summary »

Genre: Biography,Drama,History

Gandhi (1982)
Release Date: 8 December 1982 (USA)
Country: UK , India
Director: Richard Attenborough
  • Ben Kingsley
  • Candice Bergen
  • Edward Fox
  • John Gielgud
  • Trevor Howard
  • John Mills
  • Martin Sheen
  • Ian Charleson
  • Athol Fugard
  • Günther Maria Halmer
  • Saeed Jaffrey
  • Geraldine James
  • Alyque Padamsee
  • Amrish Puri
  • Roshan Seth

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33 Responses to Gandhi (1982)

  1. Moneymaker
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    Is it?

    I got the impression that it was, with all the dates and all. But I dunno?

  2. wwwdsign
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    I had seen many of the Nazi related films with similar scenes. Those I expected, so I react to those with horror as almost everyone does. The Amritsar Massacre scene, on the other hand, I did not expect from the British. I felt an anger as I was watching that scene. I felt especially anger the way that Dyer had no regard to human life and told the soldiers to take their time. True that massacre like this had happened in British history, but I would expected British are better than that at respecting human life and find is shocking to see a British like Dyer who would commit such atrocity.


    Sounds dangerous. Count me in.

  3. filmfanaticNorCal
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    Just wondering if this is true. One never knows when such information will come in handy.

  4. bordeaux_boy
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    I mean, those Indian guys were crazy to simply walk up to those other Indians simply to get hit with those sticks.

    I think this "non-violent protest" is politically correct garbage designed to induce sympathy.

    I mean what if the Allies forces had adopted "non-violent protest" against the Germans?

    Speaking Français does not make me better than ppl who cannot.

  5. moomoo2525
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    Was the soundtrack to this film ever released on CD? I can’t seem to find any trace of it (except for old vinyl and cassette versions on eBay).

  6. SoylentGreenIsPeople91
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    Never seen this film becaue I’ve always been kinda put put off by the idea of a white man playing Gandhi. Seriously, why didn’t they cast an Indian actor, isn’t it a teeny bit minstrel-esq to just put a white guy in makeup?

    Please don’t think that I’m bashing this film (having never seen it, I couldn’t with any fair justification) I’m just curious why they didn’t just bother casting an Indian actor.

    I made a little brown fish.

  7. cassiushicks
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    He looked like the brown version of a blackface character from the 50’s.

    This was the 80’s couldnt they get an INDIAN MAN!

  8. Gauis-the-wise
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    Now before any one thinks that I’m here to sink my teeth in to the man, think again because that Isn’t the case. I’m in no doubt that he was a great man and achieved some wonderful things in his time. But every great man…or woman have their flaws, even he him self would have confessed as much I’m sure and new that every indiviual has their limitations.

    What I might ask is this. Was Gandhi ever overly idealistic in his views? Now judging from the movie he stated that he believed in non-violent methods to achieve his goals and that he refused to condone the killing of people who had flaws that each and every one has. But it could be argued that while we DO all have our flaws and that its an unescapable truth that some have worse flaws than others. Dictators, sociopaths, rapists and so on and so forth. Certain everyday flaws can be awknowledged and accepted while others can’t be. Not to say that was the point that Gandhi was making but some times, especially when you have no other choice you have to defend your self or make a stand and if that means using violence then sadly(and that doesn’t necesarrily mean i have to like it)it has to be used. Some people just don’t awnser to reason. The British government didn’t necesarrily do so but in the grand scheme of things they did concern them selves with what the British people and dare I say that other countries/world leaders might have thought. Otherwise they wouldn’t have been so worried when this occured:

    Now, I’m not going to pretend to be entrely clued up on my world history but had this been Adolf Hitler for example do you really think he would have been overly concerend about what his people,other world leaders, their people etc. thought? Such was Hitlers power mad arrogance and his single mindedness when it came to achieving his ends that he may have not cared one jot about what anyone else thought. To begin with when he was making his bid for power back in the early days of the Nazi party it may have been a slightly different story but no sooner had his feet were firmly behind the highest place of office in Germany it was a completely different story.

    And to some degree I think Gandhi even him self may have under estimated the power of religon and the hatred that could fester within its core. He was a man who wanted India to remain a united country and undivided which unfortunately did occur, as otherwise Pakistan as now know it would not exist today (correct me if I’m wrong here as I might very well be). My memories are a bit shaky as I haven’t watched the movie regarding Gandhi in some years. But as far as can recall it was religon which played a major factor of a part of India breaking off and becoming a seperate country which we now know as Pakistan. That’s obviously me over simplifiying the whole thing a bit too much as it was probably more complex than that. But it stands to reason that the man was misguided if he really thought that he could reason with some people and maintain the unification of India as it once was. It was after all an Indian extremist I "think" that shot and killed Gandhi if i’m not mistaken.

    Any way. I’ve pretty much kicked of the debate so i’ll let others more learned that my self carry on the discussion. I’ll be interersted as to what others have to say.

  9. trustory
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    I’m not some crazy Hindu nationalist, but facts are facts. Gandhi and Jinnah were polar opposites, yet Gandhi bended over to appease him. And look where it got him in the end. Jinnah was after a Muslim state the whole time, I’ve read many sources and despite his defenders saying he only used Pakistan as a threat to get demands met, there is nothing concrete to support that theory. In fact, it is just the opposite.

    Did he really offer Jinnah prime minister and a whole Muslim cabinet? That’s as big as a joke as allowing an all Hindu cabinet. You can’t pick rulers based off their religions, you have to let their experience and political skills take precedence. Also why give Pakistan 50 million rupees? India was under no threat to make a payment. You can’t just give money away, especially for doing things you don’t agree with.

    Once India achieved independence, Gandhi should have stepped back and allowed others to lead. He was way too idealistic.

  10. madepprow_20
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    Didn’t you think his portrayal of Ghandhi was a bit unrealistic? He’s just too muscular to portray him accurately.There was an excess of meat on each bone.Real life Gandhi didn’t look like that.There was an air of frailty regarding his physical condition.

    And also during the course of the film, there is something about Ben Kingsley intense ‘look you in the eyes’ expression while having a conversation.It looks nothing like Gandhi.If Gandhi had a word with someone, he always picked one point in any direction and looked at it for a short while as he tried to come up with a right word to say.Sometimes,he talked with a beaming smile. Sometimes, he looked down.

    There’s a lot of work need to be done in order to potray him convincingly.

  11. ThePhantomJipper
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    What a disappointment, can’t believe a film as flawed as this got into the top 250. This bad boy is way too reverential. One of the only insights we get into a different aspect to his character is when he threatens to leave his wife if she doesnt clean out the toilet, an argument defused by her admitting that she doesnt understand what it must be like being a great man like Gandhi. What a farce.

    The main problem though is the particularly inept methods of advancing the plot. I lost count of the amount of the amount of times a throwaway character was introduced to give a brief monologue as to the events that had occured in the preceding years, often whle creaming their pants at how special a man Gandhi was, absolutely amateur effort on the part of the director.

    It’s too long, trys to deal with too great a timespan, and made me wonder what all the fuss was about regarding the man. He organised a strike, got a bit of salt from the sea and eh…thats about it. It’s just as well he died when he did as his Luddite tendencies would have been an absolute disaster for the country and resulted in the death of millions through famine, as has been well documented elsewhere. And as for the sheer arrogance of the man going on hunger strike in an attempt to stop his country’s march to freedom because he doesn’t like the methods being used, what a clown…absolutely PATHETIC.

    Anyone who hasn’t seen it, avoid it big time, its not worth the effort, and while I appreciate the main performace, it’s really only just Ben Kingsley with a silly accent, a bedsheet and a walking stick…3/10

    "Ah da da dah, like this in the background. What the *beep* is it with you?"- Christian Bale

  12. lhb000
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    In a crucial scene toward the end of the movie, Ghandi is asked by Margaret Bourke-White whether he thought his methods would have worked against Hitler. He remarks, "Yes, but not without great suffering…" I think the basic principle is that non violent civil disobedience works to bring about beneficial change when acting in a social context when one’s oppressors are failing to live up to an ideal that serves as one of the cornerstones of their civilization. It played a large role in creating the preconditions for a free India, and it worked in America during the civil rights movement (helped along by the Black Power movement, I must admit) because the principle of "justic for all" v. segregation and unequal treatment under the law for non-white people could not coexist. Non violent resistance brought attention to America’s failure to incorporate one of it’s foundational principles into racial relationships. In societies with no pretense to justice and morality as we understand it (such as Nazi Germany and the USSR under Stalin), pointing out an injustice will not work. In such a case, the fall back principle is "No one has a right to instigate violence against another person simply because of who they are, and the use of violence to protect one’s right to not be killed is justified under such circumstances." Just my opinion

  13. pokrishka
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    Jesus Christ! Am I the only one who finds this shameful?

  14. stevem-26
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    Watching "Gandhi" tonight for the umpteenth time, and being moved as always by the scenes of the Amritsar Massacre, it occurred to me that the actors and others who participated in making the scenes must have had their hearts broken by the process.

    Everybody from Edward Fox, a decent man who played the evil Reginald Dyer, down to the last Sikh extra must have had a hard time of this.

    A movie set can be a most emotionally draining place….

  15. Koji_Kabuto
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    sorry but got to say this:

    this film is historically inaccurate.

    it depicts an important period of history (not only Indian or British) in such a superficial and inaccurate way. I mean, you don’t need to be a history professor to see this, just check any history book. I don’t understand this whole fuss about this film and awards it won. Can anyone explain it to me??

    PS: Kingsley is good, but he could have at least lost some weight to play the role (he’s double the size of Gandhi himself!)

  16. A_Minor_Blip
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    There’s still one eye left on either person.

    "faith is for nuns and amateurs" ham tyler

  17. tyrexden
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    There’s a one thing that always seemed ‘off’ to me about Ben Kingsley’s performance here… Do you think they should remake this with Shia LaBouef?

  18. AnandAtMicrosoft
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    I live in India. I wanted to bring this up because people all over the world have to know that Indians dont like Gandhi. I am 25 years old now. Since childhood I’ve been hearing that Gandhi was a "chutiya" which means a jackass. This was usually said by the teenagers leving in the neighbourhood. I went to college, then job, its still the same situation. The only person I came across admiring Gandhi and his views was my mother and a once roommate of mine who gave me his autobiography.

    Earlier, when I was a kid, I believed them, but when I read his autobiography and wathced this film, I was changed person.

    I feel very bad when Gandhi is dicussed during smoke breaks in the office, and every other person says, he was a "chutiya". I feel bad and dont know what to say. Early I used to get angry but then I thought to myself that anger is again nothing but violence. I always objected and debate on it, but they would’nt agree.

    People here, believe more in Bhagat Singh, who was a martyr and a great man, but I dont feel that Gandhi was a "chutiya" but a great soul.

    If there are any Indians reading this thread, they’ll understand what I am trying to say.

    It is a sad and a bitter truth, but its a fact.

  19. duncan_spursdude
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    lol so surprised to see Daniel Day Lewis was in this!! Just shows how actor’s make it big starting from small roles, I have yet to see him vandalizing a car in ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’

  20. don_locco_lobbo
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    The African Americans should be hating the whites in South Africa and not the whites in present day USA…

    Africa’s their homeland and yet the whites still rule and the Native Africans are still mistreated. That’s the true injustice…

  21. hariseldon99
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    Martin Luther King on Gandhi:

    Christ gave us the goals and Mahatma Gandhi the tactics

    Nelson Mandela on Gandhi: ml

    The Gandhian influence dominated freedom struggles on the African continent right up to the 1960s because of the power it generated and the unity it forged among the apparently powerless. Nonviolence was the official stance of all major African coalitions, and the South African A.N.C. remained implacably opposed to violence for most of its existence.

    Gandhi remained committed to nonviolence; I followed the Gandhian strategy for as long as I could, but then there came a point in our struggle when the brute force of the oppressor could no longer be countered through passive resistance alone.

    Interesting. Until now I was only dimly aware of his influences on black civil rights advocates.

    Liberalism is dauntingly powerful. But the one force it does not have on its side is truth.

  22. koolkarts
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    So disturbing… Just googled it, turns out its called the Jallianwalla Bagh.

    Opening fire on a crowd of civilians…

  23. BeckyLadakh
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    I use movies as an adjunct to my regular English class, in a remote rural part of India. Of course this movie is on the list. However it is not ideal for some reasons.

    The DVD has both Hindi and English soundtracks but the original is English. It is very long and very slow moving so the students need to have been primed with interest in the freedom movement and Gandhi himself before watching this. The first very long sequence, maybe 10 min, has no dialogue. The movie is about 3 hours long and requires several sessions.

    The subtitles (on my DVD purchased in Delhi) are terrible, worse than inaccurate, so don’t show them.

    I found the script on IMDb scripts today, but it has a huge amount of descriptive material and says that it’s an unedited final draft, so it probably doesn’t match the final movie exactly.

    I’d be glad to hear from people with further suggestions about how to use this in an ESL class.

  24. DanteRussia
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    Who took an oath for the world to be better for germany

    he was the last known super offical to ever dictate for the 3rd reich

    he killed many innocent soveits in his rain of terror cause he had his own belief

    that communists were even more swine then the jews

    why the world loves him is still a mystery to this day

    His teaching were told

    mostly to young indian men

    so they could march for freedom

    for germany

    he has been called many names

    jesus, god, angel of happiness, angel of joy, angel of freedom

    but the name he should have been called is satan

    I’m not evil, I just like explosions.

  25. thegame-22
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    What happened to him? Did he got executed or something?

    Got you!

  26. peanutsboy
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    How come sometimes he’s called "Mohandas," sometimes he’s called "Mahatma" and why did they call him "Ghandigi" in the movie sometimes?

  27. masterducky
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    Did the British leave because of Gandhi or they would have left anyway as they have left other colonies too after WW2?



  28. didomusic
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    Post here only if you believe in the power of non-violence and non-cooperation.

  29. sachinchandra_dubey
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    to Award Michael O Dyer for Massacring innocent people in Jallinwala Baugh.

    That is very Shameful for Britain.


  30. merdiolu
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    What was Gandhi’s opinion about Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan ? Did he ever give a favorable opinion ( Germans supported Indian Independence Movement after all and so did Japan ) for them ? Another leader of Indian Independence was Subhas Chandra Bose and he gladly accepted support from Japan ( he even formed a Indian National Army with help of Japansese ) and he believed Japansene would liberate India from British rule. Did Gandhi ever think that way ?

  31. mphsss
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    It probably wasn’t supposed to be funny but the look of paranoia and/or nervousness on his face when he says it just struck me interestingly.

    The way he worded it maybe is what did it too.

    Forgive me if I just totally misunderstood all the meaning behind it, I really don’t remember the movie very well anymore it’s been over 7 years since I saw it in…well…7th grade!

  32. Anti-Everything
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    what is it….ive so many….i was watching it in my class and i kinda tried to hide my tears but at the end gave up….

  33. chezzy62
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    Happy Gandhi Jayanti everyone! I wrote this article. Please take the time to read it, in honor of Gandhi’s dedication to nonviolent resistance, and leading an entire country to independence because of it.

    At the time of this writing, it is October 2nd, 2009; the 140th birthday of Mohandas Gandhi, and the celebration of Gandhi Jayanti, or the International Day of Non-Violence. What better way to celebrate than a viewing of the 1982 classic “Gandhi”? The movie is an amazing homage to the most powerful Indian leader, and one of the most loving, non-violent men that ever lived. What made Gandhi so inspirational, was all of physical/emotional beatings that he took, and his refusal to back down. He had a set of principals in his head, that could not be changed by any events or circumstances. Once Gandhi held a belief in his head, he believed it to be the ultimate truth, and worked to instill it into the people he loved, and the people of his country. Mohandas Gandhi was the most peaceful man to ever live.

    Gandhi’s persistence, courage, wisdom, love, and nonviolence are few of many emotions that helped him and his country gain independence from Britain. Gandhi knew that violence created a fire in people, which in turn created a fire in society, and that fire is just fuel against your cause. If the Indians had used violence against the British, there would have been a war. India might not have gained independence, and if it did, it would’ve been with many casualties. The British knew that there wasn’t much they could do to stop Gandhi, so they did the only thing they could: throw him in jail. Gandhi was very patient, and no amount of prison time could throw him off of his purpose. He was put in prison for several years, and as soon as he was released, he continued his protest against the British government. All of this, without any fear of being imprisoned again. Gandhi also used fasting to motivate the people of his country. The sight and thought of their leader dying from starving himself fueled compassion. The compassion lead to cooperation, which led to eventual independence.

    Gandhi’s life was very painful; both physically and mentally, but all that mattered to him was finding the ultimate truth of life, helping others be happy, loving thy neighbor and loving thy self. He was a very inspirational man, and manufacturer of some of societies favorite quotes: “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”: Revenge is a futile pursuit. It is a continuous and painful cycle, that can only end when one party finds forgiveness and compassion within themselves. Another inspiring quote, possibly the most famous of Gandhi’s sayings: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. There is nothing you can do about the horrible things that you hear on the news every day, but there are things you can do for yourself and others, to demonstrate positive change in the world. I always say, you can’t change someone else, you can only provide them with the tools necessary. The rest is up to them. You always have the power to change yourself, and Gandhi always knew that. If the cause is right, people will do almost anything to help the cause. Find the truth in life, and work towards it with courage, compassion, and nonviolence. It is what Mohandas Gandhi always wanted.

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