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Gandhi (1982)

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Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

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In 1893, Gandhi is thrown off a South African train for being an Indian and traveling in a first class compartment. Gandhi realizes that the laws are biased against Indians and decides to start a non-violent protest campaign for the rights of all Indians in South Africa. After numerous arrests and the unwanted attention of the world, the government finally relents by recognizing rights for Indians, though not for the native blacks of South Africa. After this victory, Gandhi is invited back to India, where he is now considered something of a national hero. He is urged to take up the fight for India's independence from the British Empire. Gandhi agrees, and mounts a non-violent non-cooperation campaign of unprecedented scale, coordinating millions of Indians nationwide. There are some setbacks, such as violence against the protesters and Gandhi's occasional imprisonment. Nevertheless, the campaign generates great attention, and Britain faces intense public pressure. Too weak from World ... Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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25 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$131,153 (USA) (12 December 1982)

Gross:

$52,767,889 (USA)
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(35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo: in selected threatres)| (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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When this film was released in 1982, there were some strong criticisms against this film. Richard Grenier wrote both an article and a book called "The Gandhi Nobody Knows (1983)" criticizing both this film and Indian Government for portraying Gandhi as a saint. Grenier points out that the government of India openly admits to having provided one-third of the financing of Gandhi out of state funds, straight out of the national treasury. Grenier's book inspired Col. G.B. Singh to write the book "Gandhi Behind the Mask of Divinity" and co-write the book "Gandhi under cross examination" with Timothy Watson (also known as Timothy Spearman) which contains more criticisms against Gandhi. Timothy Watson also wrote couple of articles criticizing about Gandhi being portrayed as a Saint. See more »

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The hoisting of the Indian flag on independence is shown to happen in broad daylight when in reality, it took place at midnight. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hindu: He will be saying prayers in the garden. Just follow the others.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: No man's life can be encompassed in one telling. There is no way to give each year its allotted weight, to include each event, each person who helped to shape a lifetime. What can be done is to be faithful in spirit to the record and try to find one's way to the heart of the man....

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Soundtracks

God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Sung by Ben Kingsley
Reprised when India achieves independence
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A true epic, in every sense of the word
15 September 2003 | by (Ottawa, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Very, VERY few films have had the distinct ability to move and inspire me to the point where the effect is almost life-altering. "Gandhi" - the unbelievable, first-rate biopic on the historical figure - is truly one of those films, no question whatsoever. An unsurprising sweep for the 1983 Academy Awards, this is without a doubt one of the last real "epic" motion pictures ever.

Chronicling the rich, unforgettable life of a one Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi - played to shocking perfection by the wonderful Sir Ben Kingsley - this is a film that I can say really, deeply affected me with its power, its scale, and of course, its timeless message of love and non-violence. As a matter of fact, ever since I first saw the film, and became much more aware of the back story, I can also say that Gandhi is now one of my biggest role models in life. I cannot fully express how much this great man's way of thinking - his words, his struggles, his accomplishments - has affected my own, for I am now a practicing pacifist. I am a firm believer in the value of non-violent protest, and have tried my best to apply that philosophy to most situations in my life. It has worked wonders for me, and has really changed how I view the world in terms of human nature and so forth. Like I said, VERY few films can do something like that to me.


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