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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 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 30, 1982

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Seirton Best Art Direction 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robin O'Donoghue Best Sound 1982 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Rohini Hattangady Best Supporting Actress 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Simon Kaye Best Sound 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stuart Craig Best Art Direction 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bhanu Athaiya Best Costume Design 1982 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ben Kingsley Best Actor 1982 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ben Kingsley New Star of the Year - Male 1982 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ben Kingsley Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1982 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Ben Kingsley Best Actor 1982 Winner
National Board of Review Ben Kingsley Best Actor 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ben Kingsley Best Actor 1982 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Ben Kingsley Best Actor 1982 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Richard Attenborough Best Director 1982 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Richard Attenborough Best Picture 1982 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Richard Attenborough Best Director 1982 Winner
Directors Guild of America Richard Attenborough Best Director 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Attenborough Best Director 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Attenborough Best Picture 1982 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Briley Best Screenplay 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Briley Best Original Screenplay 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bob Laing Best Art Direction 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bloom Best Editing 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Mollo Best Costume Design 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ravi Shankar Best Original Score 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Fenton Best Original Score 1982 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Richard Attenborough
Director
Richard Attenborough
Producer
Michael Stanley-Evans
Producer
Terence A. Clegg
Producer
Robert Bolt
Screenwriter
John Briley
Screenwriter
Ravi Shankar
Composer (Music Score)
John Bloom
Editor
Stuart Craig
Production Designer
Robert Laing
Production Designer
Bob Laing
Art Director
Ram Yedekar
Art Director
Norman Dorme
Art Director
Rani Dube
Co-producer
Michael Stanley-Evans
Executive Producer
Michael Seirton
Set Designer
Bhanu Athaiya
Costume Designer
John Mollo
Costume Designer
Simon Kaye
Sound/Sound Designer
Robin O'Donoghue
Sound/Sound Designer
David Hathaway
Special Effects
David Tomblin
First Assistant Director
Govind Nihalani
Camera Operator
Govind Nihalani
Second Unit Director
A.K. Bir
First Assistant Camera
George Fenton
Additional Music
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