Gandhi (1982) Poster


Peter Cartwright: European Passenger


  • Conductor : [stopping Gandhi on the train in South Africa]  What are you doing in here, coolie?

    Gandhi : I reserved this car. I have a ticket.

    Conductor : How did you get hold of it?

    Gandhi : I sent for it by post. I am an attorney.

    European Passenger : An attorney! There are no colored attorneys in South Africa - move your black ass into third class where it belongs!

    Porter : I'll take your luggage, sir...

    Gandhi : No, wait.

    [he takes out his card and shows it] 

    Gandhi : You see? 'Mohandas K. Gandhi, Attorney at Law.' I am on my way to Pretoria to conduct a case...

    European Passenger : Didn't you hear me? There are no colored attorneys in South Africa!

    Gandhi : Sir, I was called to the bar in London, and enrolled in the High Court of Chancery. I am therefore an attorney. And since I am, in your eyes, 'colored,' I think we can deduce that there is at least one colored attorney in South Africa.

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