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It was Richard Attenborough's lifelong dream to bring the life story of Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi to the screen. When it finally reached fruition in 1982, the 188-minute, Oscar-winning Gandhi was one of the most exhaustively thorough biopics ever made. The film begins in the early part of the 20th century, when Mohandas K. Gandhi (Ben…  See more details below


It was Richard Attenborough's lifelong dream to bring the life story of Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi to the screen. When it finally reached fruition in 1982, the 188-minute, Oscar-winning Gandhi was one of the most exhaustively thorough biopics ever made. The film begins in the early part of the 20th century, when Mohandas K. Gandhi (Ben Kingsley), 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," endeavoring to win freedom for his people without resorting to bloodshed. In the horrendous "slaughter" sequence, more extras appear on screen than in any previous historical epic. The supporting cast includes Candice Bergen as photographer Margaret Bourke-White, Athol Fugard as General Smuts, John Gielgud as Lord Irwin, John Mills as the viceroy, Martin Sheen as Walker, Trevor Howard as Judge Broomfield, and, in a tiny part as a street bully, star-to-be Daniel Day-Lewis. Gandhi won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bruce Kluger
In his epic masterpiece Gandhi, director Richard Attenborough explores the inspiring, complicated life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Indian lawyer who through ideological conviction and an impassioned sense of political justice went on to become the spiritual leader of a nation and the symbol of its hard-won independence. Ben Kingsley won an Oscar in the title role, and he is supported by an all-star cast that includes Candice Bergen as photographer Margaret Bourke-White and John Gielgud as Lord Irwin. This is a big story to tell, and Attenborough tackles his subject head on, zeroing in on those critical events in Gandhi's life that propelled him along his historic journey: his awakening to the injustice of Britain's resistance to Indian independence; his renunciation of his personal effects; his development of a "passive resistance" strategy in retaliation against the British army (which later inspired Dr. Martin Luther King); and, most memorably, his dramatic fasting in the name of his cause. As Gandhi, Kingsley, turns in an unforgettable performance, cloaking himself in the indomitable spirit of the soft-spoken yet determined pacifist, as he seamlessly evolves from citizen to statesman to modern-day messiah.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Gandhi is a worshipful tribute to one of the 20th century's greatest leaders with Ben Kingsley giving a superb performance in the title role. Produced and directed on a grand scale by Richard Attenborough, the film sacrifices the complexities of history for an inspirational focus on its subject. Critics frequently cite the film's dismissal of supporting character development among its weaknesses, with the strongest objections reserved for Candice Bergen's miscast performance as photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White. Nonetheless, the film transcends the typical biopic with vivid recreations of important incidents from Gandhi's life. More than 300,000 extras, most of them unpaid volunteers, are said to have taken part in the funeral sequence, which occupies only slightly more than two minutes of the film. As was widely predicted, the film swept the Oscars, winning eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

Introduction with Richard Attenborough; Vintage newsreel footage; 9 featurettes:; "In Search of Gandhi"; "Shooting an Epic in India"; "Reflections on Ben"; "Designing Gandhi"; Madeleine Slade: An Englishwoman Abroad"; "From the Director's Chair:; The Words of Mahatma Gandhi"; "The Funeral"; "Looking Back"; Director's commentary with Richard Attenborough; Sir Ben Kingsley Talks about Gandhi interview

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Kingsley Mahatma Gandhi
Candice Bergen Margaret Bourke-White
Edward Fox Gen. Dyer
John Gielgud Lord Irwin
Trevor Howard Judge Broomfield
John Mills Lord Chelmsford
Martin Sheen Walker
Rohini Hattangady Kasturba Gandhi
Ian Charleson Charlie Andrews
Athol Fugard Gen. Smuts
Saeed Jaffrey Sardar Patel
Geraldine James Mirabehn
Alyque Padamsee Mohamed Ali Jinnah
Amrish Puri Khan
Roshan Seth Pandit Nehru
Ian Bannen Senior Police Officer
Michael Bryant Principal Secretary
John Clements Advocate General
Richard Griffiths Collins
Nigel Hawthorne Kinnoch
Bernard Hepton G.O.C.
Michael Hordern Sir George Hodge
Peter Harlowe Lord Mountbatten
Jane Myerson Lady Mountbatten
Neena Gupta Abha
Gunther Maria Halmer Herman Kallenbach
Supriya Pathak Manu
Dalip Tahil Zia
Om Puri Nahari
Richard Vernon Sir Edward Gait
Harsh Nayyar Nathuran Vinayak Godse
Shane Rimmer Commentator
Winston Ntshona Porter
Peter Cartwright European Passenger
Marius Weyers Conductor
Richard Mayes Baker
Ken Hutchison Police Sergeant
Norman Chancer Reporter
David Gant Daniels
Daniel Day-Lewis Colin
Ray Burdis Youth
Daniel Peacock Youth
Avis Bunnage Colin's Mother
John Savident Manager of the Mine
Stewart Harwood Prison Officer
Stanley McGeagh Prison Guard
Christopher Good Young Englishman
David Markham Older Englishman
Jalal Agha Traveller on Train Roof
Rupert Frazer Cavalry Troop Leader
Dominic Guard Subaltern
Bernard Hill Sergeant Putnam
Nana Palsikar Villager
John Quentin Batsman
Graham Seed Wicket-Keeper
Gerald Sim Magistrate
Colin Farrell Clerk
Gareth Forwood Secretary
James Cossins Brigadier
John Vine A.D.C.
Geoffrey Chater Government Advocate
Ernest Clark Lord Hunter
Barry John Police Superintendant
Brian Oulton Clerk of Court
James Snell Court Reporter
John Boxer Court Reporter
Bernard Horsfall Gen. Edgar
Richard Leech Brigadier
David Sibley Subaltern
Stanley Lebor Police Officer
Terence Hardiman Ramsey MacDonald
Jon Croft Colonel
William Hoyland Adjutant
John Ratzenberger American Lieutenant
Charu Bala Chokshi Ayah
Jack McKenzie Major at Aga Khan Palace

Technical Credits
Richard Attenborough Director,Producer
Bhanu Athaiya Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Bates Sound Editor
John Bloom Editor
Robert Bolt Screenwriter
John Briley Screenwriter
Terence A. Clegg Producer
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Norman Dorme Art Director
Rani Dube Co-producer
David Hathaway Special Effects
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Laing Art Director
Robert Laing Production Designer
John Mollo Costumes/Costume Designer
Govind Nihalani Camera Operator
Robin O'Donoghue Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Seirton Set Decoration/Design
Ravi Shankar Score Composer
Michael Stanley-Evans Executive Producer
Ronnie Taylor Cinematographer
David Tomblin Asst. Director
Billy Williams Cinematographer
Ram Yedekar Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gandhi
1. Chapter 1 [5:58]
2. Chapter 2 [5:13]
3. Chapter 3 [20:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:06]
5. Chapter 5 [4:03]
6. Chapter 6 [10:53]
7. Chapter 7 [6:52]
8. Chapter 8 [8:34]
9. Chapter 9 [2:53]
10. Chapter 10 [9:19]
11. Chapter 11 [5:20]
12. Chapter 12 [5:11]
13. Chapter 13 [6:40]
14. Chapter 14 [3:33]
15. Chapter 15 [11:03]
16. Chapter 16 [2:47]
17. Chapter 17 [7:19]
18. Chapter 18 [8:33]
19. Chapter 19 [6:17]
20. Chapter 20 [4:52]
21. Chapter 21 [5:24]
22. Chapter 22 [5:45]
23. Chapter 23 [4:33]
24. Chapter 24 [1:11]
25. Chapter 25 [5:17]
26. Chapter 26 [6:20]
27. Chapter 27 [7:44]
28. Chapter 28 [9:12]


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Gandhi 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
realitycheck 5 months ago
Although scores well on entertainment value and emotional appeal, unfortunately ignores the equally great contributions from the other leaders of the time. Jinnah is hugely downsized in order to keep the theme of Gandhi worship alive. If you like inspirational movies its fine, if you want historical fact - falls short.
RoadDog20 More than 1 year ago
Worth watching movie. Such a great historical film!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
such an amazing historical movie at a great price! definitely worth buying..
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the timeless classics, arguably the best movie ever produced. Excellent acting, well written script, beautiful sound track and incredible sets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really felt everything that Gandhi felt after viewing this title.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the movie is exceptional. It has just the right pace and there is an authentic portrayal of all incidents. You feel along with the characters and are dragged into those times... A good educative film about India's struggle for freedom. I have seen it nth number of times and i enjoy it everytime...but then i am an Indian.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Richard Attenborough's 'Gandhi' is a masterfully told, boldly mounted epic motion picture depicting the life and times of India¿s purveyor of peace. Gandhi is a benevolent crusader against the violent destruction of his country at the hand of the colonials. The film opens with Gandhi¿s (Ben Kingsley) assassination and then regresses to explore the events that led up to that fateful day. Kingley rightfully took home the Oscar for his subtle but stunning transformation into the title role. The film features an all star cast that includes Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud and Trevor Howard. Columbia Tristar has given us a very beautiful print of this film. Colors are rich, bold and vibrant. Contrast levels are extremely natural. Although black levels are not always at their darkest, this is relatively forgivable, since most of the film takes place during the day. Shimmering, aliasing and edge enhancement are all present but in extremely minute amounts, leaving one with nothing to do but admire the visual presentation in all of its breathtaking cinematic glory. The soundtrack is 2.0 surround but well represented. Some of the audio has a tendency to appear thin or strident but, again, considering the source material, it is remarkably well represented. No extras - disappointing for a big time Oscar winner like this. Perhaps we'll eventually get a special edition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie had true potential, but unfortunately it is hugely biased towards Jinnah and Pakistan. Often, Jinnah is portrayed is demonic and anti-progressive--quite the contrary. Facts are clearly distorted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an impressive cinematic telling of the life of Gandhi - the trials and tribulations of possibly the world's most preeminent hunanitarian. A wonderful way to find out more about India's struggle for independence and how peace can be brought about through non-violence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A classic beyond bounds about the greatest 20th century humanitarian and perhaps the greatest behind Christ. Ben Kingsley inhabits his character as if he his Gandhi and certainly a momentous achievement considering who he was playing. Attenborough was courageous in his portrayal and maybe the best directed film ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
let me start off by saying, yes, this is an excellent movie and deserves the praise. however, the many factual inaccuracies detract too much from the overall experience for me to give a complete endorsement. first off, gandhi was not punjabi, he was hawaiian. second, he was not a skinny little runt, as ben kingsley chooses to portray him. he was actually well over six feet tall and build like a young marlon brando. this has been well established by his biographer, winston phillips. third, he did not die in support of indian freedom. he is alive and quite well, residing in sunny fort lauderdale, florida. my grandparents are neighbors of his. if you can put these issues aside, however, you will enjoy what is otherwise a well acted and beautifully crafted period piece.
FelicitySorentia More than 1 year ago
It is amazing that anyone cold tackle such a subject matter as Gandhi and not make it look like boring, by the numbers, story telling. Hats off to director, Richard Attenborough for tackling this and making it all come together. I'm sure there will be differences that many have about this movie, particularly around factual events or even chronology. As it is with bigger than life figures, these things are always disputed. But I don't think that Attenborough set out to make an "educational" film. However, Gandhi was indeed educational as well as highly entertaining. Ben Kingsley is perfect a Gandhi. Very fine work too from Candice Bergen, Edward Fox and John Gielgud.
evie-Z More than 1 year ago
What more can you ask of a movie than great actors like Ben Kingsley? It boggles my mind how the producers can get so many people together for the mob and crowd scenes and keep them all under control. But that's movie making, I guess. There is modern technology also, I suppose. That fact makes me appreciate more the older classics when such technology was not available and the movies were still great like 'Gone With The Wind.' Catch this movie. It's educational, interesting and about a man who would not take 'no' for an answer and achieved wonders by setting a nation free through passive resistance , never raising a weapon.
MadMad_44 More than 1 year ago
This epic movie needs to be seen more than once to grasp its many facets. It starts with the personal, racist humiliation of young lawyer Gandhi in South Africa when passes where still the order of the day. The whole series of Gandhi's struggles in Africa and India for civil rights, equality and freedom on all levels encompassed with his inner, political and philosophical developments gives a deeper understanding of the man and the period. What else but an epic could have achieve this larger than life task? Wether one agrees with the principles of non violence Gandhi demonstrated through the progression of his journey, one cannot but gain the utmost respect for the man through this movie. Ben Kingsley's acting in this deeply engrossing movie is just superb and extremely sensitive. You see the man's resolve grow from each confrontation with injustice and petty politicking. A must see!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was a great sucess in every way-the portrayal of Gandhi by Kingsley, the direction, Amitsar massacre scene and the overall impact. The one of the few faults I would like to mention was the music. The music could have been much deeper. D.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cast/crew, camera work and sets are unique however the historical facts & figures are quite biased in favor of Hindu India as against the Muslim Pakistan. Agreed that M K Gandhi was a true patriot and a great leader, however the movie's portrayal of Muhammad Ali Jinnah the founder of Pakistan is lowly and unrealistic. Some critics say that the expensive Indian settings of the movie had the blessings of the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and that¿s why Richard Attenborough had no choice but to somewhat degrade the founding leaders of Pakistan that is considered to be India's arch rival since both countries gained independence from Great Britain in 1947.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie provides a beautiful portrait of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence and glimses of Indian independence struggle. The first time I saw this i stick to my chair till completion of movie. This may not give the enire picture of indian Non-Violent Independence struggle or a biography of Mahatma Gandhi.I watched this movie more than a dozen times and still continue to do so.