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Gandhi (1982)

Ben Kingsley , Candice Bergen , Richard Attenborough  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (536 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard
  • Directors: Richard Attenborough
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (536 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXA4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gandhi" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Ben Kingsley talks about Gandhi
  • Four vintage newsreel clips: Gandhi Goes to England, Gandhi's Farewell Talk in Europe, Mahatma Gandhi Begins Death Fast, and Gandhi Talks: First Talking Picture Ever Made By India's Famous Leader
  • The making of Gandhi photo montage
  • The words of Mahatma Gandhi

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160 of 176 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Vote For The Best Fim Biography Ever Made! July 31, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This movie was the realization of a lifetime dream for Sir Richard Attenborough, who finally succeeded in bringing this incredible spectacular to theatrical release in 1982. I was living outside London working for the American Forces in the greater London area at the time, so was thrilled to have the privilege to see this movie in its limited initial release in Britain, and was amazed by its scope, accuracy and integrity in bringing the quite controversial facts surrounding Gandhi's life and politically-motivated assassination to the screen. Ben Kingsley is simply magnificent as the diminutive, principled, and indefatiguable lawyer, humanitarian, and citizen of the world with an uncannily prescient feel for what was possible for a determined and energetic person as well as how to achieve his lofty otherworldly goals right here on earth.
Based on his appraoch here, Attenborough seems to have learned much from such masterful British film-makers as David Lean, for the use of scenery, topography, and natural surrounding of the characters as they wind through the more than 40 years of story line is breath-taking. His methods owe much to the kind of subtle insinuation of the local environment David Lean in particular used so memorably in movies like "Bridge Over The River Kwai" and "Lawrence of Arabia" (see my reviews) in making the scenery more than an incidental player in the storyline. Seeing Gandhi immersed in the incredible multidimensional diversities that were (and are) India helps the viewer as we begin to understand just how incredible his efforts were to unite the country with his strange yet irresistible moral authority, an authority that all of the various factions recognized and respected as the authentic thing.
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Soul's Life. February 16, 2003
Format:DVD
It all began simple enough - with the purchase of a first class train ticket by Mr. Mohandas Gandhi, Esq., recently arrived in South Africa, and unaware that as an Indian, he was required to travel third class and not entitled to such a ticket. Literally thrown off the train for his transgression, the young attorney, embodied to perfection by Ben Kingsley, spent a full night sitting on the platform, musing how best to respond to such discrimination. Shortly thereafter, and after consultations with established members of his community, he wrote his first treatises and organized his first demonstrations. And when participants of a protest assembly stood up and proclaimed their willingness to die in the fight against suppression, Gandhi once and for all formulated his doctrine of nonviolent protest: "They may torture my body, break my bones; even kill me. Then they will have my dead body - not my obedience."

Shot largely on four Indian locations, Richard Attenborough's nine-time Oscar-winning biography of Gandhi is a sweeping epic that takes the viewer back to Britain's colonial past, covering all major events of Gandhi's political career from its beginnings in South Africa to the March to the Sea and India's independence, and contrasting the luxurious lifestyle of the foreign rulers with the poverty of those they governed; that India which, as Gandhi soon realized, not only the British didn't understand, but whose population also could not have cared less about the activities of the Indian Congress Party, at the time little more than a group of well-to-do city dwellers mentally and socially almost as far removed from the rest of their country as the British.
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Soul he was November 8, 2005
Format:DVD
I watched this movie years ago having not seen it since I was a kid. After watching it I decided to write my senior research paper about him, as I wanted an excuse to not just read and absorb him, but gush about him to someone.

Gandhi was a great man. What a tale it is, from being a reletively simple, unknown attorney to becoming one of the greatest world leaders in history. His turning point moment came when he was thrown off a train for sitting in the first class car in South Africa. He would not allow for Indians to be treated like third class citizens anymore and moved towards equality. Not only did he achieve the smaller equalities, but he overthrew the British Empire's occupation and at long last freed India.

I will spare the blow by blow of this movie, as it tells his story so well (if just glossing over just a few of his major points and good works for people). But this movie, as well as his written work, taught me how to be a better person. Despite how corny and silly that may sound of me, I learned not to complain. Even the scummiest of jobs (ex. rake and cover the latrine) you do with joy. People lash out at others when they are angry and unhappy, and yes they hurt you, but you will not be beaten down if you realize that happiness is not handed to you but earned by our own efforts. I always remember his words in my darkest hours ...

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderes, for a time they can seem invincable but in the end they always fall. Think of it. Always."

If that doesn't bring tears to your eyes, then nothing will.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Say NO to the commericals
The blu ray disc starts with commercials that you cannot skip. When you use the Top Menu command, you get the dreaded "command prohibited by disc" message. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Chris Schmidt
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This is the biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, who led the struggle for the independence of India from British Imperialism. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gandhi
Always a classic. Watching it again I was overwhelmed at the amount of bloodshed that occurs as change takes place, and man's inhumanity to man. Read more
Published 12 days ago by jeanniepenni
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest tryumph for an individual to reach the greatest heights ...
Greatest tryumph for an individual to reach the greatest heights with the world listening to him eventhough he was wearing clothes that he made and served everyone before himself.
Published 13 days ago by Lee Kraus
4.0 out of 5 stars Gandhi
Gandhi is thrown off a train for being the race of an Indian and riding in the first class departments of the train. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Tina Huneycutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Gandhi
Gandhi was such a wonderful film that portrayed a man who only wanted peace for all nations. Upon being thrown off the train because he was Indian, Gandhi sought to rationalize... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Anduril7star
5.0 out of 5 stars I experienced thoughts like, wait
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gandhi
Just an amazing film with great acting, One of the all time great films.
Published 24 days ago by Doc D
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must see
One of the four greatest movies ever, even better in Blu-ray.
Published 25 days ago by DanHistory&Hoops
5.0 out of 5 stars Gandhi
The story of Gandhi ,most everyone knows about but I wanted to watch again at my own pace. This is a great set of DVDs.
Published 1 month ago by lee
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