Richard Attenborough (1982)

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Richard Attenborough's stately biopic of Mahatma Gandhi has all the hallmarks of David Lean: historical scope; sure command of thousands of extras; and, most of all, an ability to focus on individual endeavour amid the spectacle. For this is one of the 20th century's most remarkable stories, that of the righteous Indian lawyer (a quietly inspirational performance by Ben Kingsley) who returned from racially segregated South Africa to drive the British out of his home country through successive acts of non-violent protest. The film begins with his assassination and flashes back to the key moments in a 30-year struggle. While Kingsley (who took one of eight Oscars) is the glue that holds this epic piece together, you must relish a cast that includes John Gielgud, Edward Fox, John Mills, Martin Sheen and Roshan Seth as Gandhi's protégé and future leader Pandit Nehru.


Richard Attenborough's Oscar-winning biopic of Mohandas K Gandhi, who rose from unlikely beginnings as a small-time lawyer to become the inspirational leader of India's struggle for independence and a worldwide ambassador for peace thanks to his philosophy of non-violent protest. Starring Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Edward Fox, Candice Bergen, Martin Sheen, Richard Griffiths, Saeed Jaffrey, Om Puri and Geraldine James, with Daniel Day-Lewis in an early role.

Cast & Crew

Mahatma Gandhi Ben Kingsley
Margaret Bourke-White Candice Bergen
General Dyer Edward Fox
Lord Irwin John Gielgud
Judge Broomfield Trevor Howard
The Viceroy John Mills
Walker Martin Sheen
Kasturba Gandhi Rohini Hattangadi
Charlie Andrews Ian Charleson
General Smuts Athol Fugard
Herman Kallenbach Gunther Maria Halmer
Sardar Patel Saeed Jaffrey
Mirabehn Geraldine James
Mohammed Ali Jinnah Alyque Padamsee
Khan Amrish Puri
Pandit Nehru Roshan Seth
Senior police officer Ian Bannen
Principal Secretary Michael Bryant
Advocate General John Clements
Collins Richard Griffiths
Kinnoch Nigel Hawthorne
GOC Bernard Hepton
Sir George Hodge Michael Hordern
Lord Mountbatten Peter Harlowe
Lady Mountbatten Jane Myerson
Professor Gokhale Shreeram Lagoo
Nahari Om Puri
Maulana Azad Virendra Razdan
Sir Edward Gait Richard Vernon
Nathuram Godse Harsh Nayyar
Prakash Prabhakar Patankar
Colin, South African street tough Daniel Day-Lewis
Director Richard Attenborough
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray