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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
Jalal Agha
as Traveller on Train Roof
Charu Bala Chokshi
as Ayah
David Markham
as Older Englishman
Gerald Sim
as Magistrate
James Cossins
as Brigadier
Jon Croft
as Colonel
Gareth Forwood
as Secretary
David Sibley
as Subaltern
Geoffrey Chater
as Government Advocate
Bernard Horsfall
as Gen. Edgar
John Quentin
as Batsman
Ken Hutchison
as Police Sergeant
Stewart Harwood
as Prison Officer
Stanley McGeagh
as Prison Guard
John Boxer
as Court Reporter
Brian Oulton
as Clerk of Court
William Hoyland
as Adjutant
Dalip Tahil
as Zia
Dominic Guard
as Subaltern
Shane Rimmer
as Commentator
Richard Vernon
as Sir Edward Gait
Peter Cartwright
as European Passenger
Supriya Pathak
as Manu
Richard Leech
as Brigadier
Winston Ntshona
as Porter
Daniel Peacock
as Youth
Graham Seed
as Wicket-Keeper
Rupert Frazer
as Cavalry Troop Leader
James Snell
as Court Reporter
Terence Hardiman
as Ramsey MacDonald
Richard Mayes
as Baker
Neena Gupta
as Abha
Om Puri
as Nahari
Stanley Lebor
as Police Officer
Daniel Day-Lewis
as Colin
Bernard Hill
as Sergeant Putnam
Harsh Nayyar
as Nathuran Vinayak Godse
John Ratzenberger
as American Lieutenant
David Gant
as Daniels
Norman Chancer
as Reporter
Jack McKenzie
as Major at Aga Khan Palace
Barry John
as Police Superintendant
Ray Burdis
as Youth
John Vine
as A.D.C.
Nana Palsikar
as Villager
Ernest Clark
as Lord Hunter
Marius Weyers
as Conductor
Avis Bunnage
as Colin's Mother
John Savident
as Manager of the Mine

Crew

Richard Attenborough
Director
Richard Attenborough
Producer
Terence A. Clegg
Producer
Michael Stanley-Evans
Producer
John Briley
Screenwriter
Robert Bolt
Screenwriter
Ravi Shankar
Composer (Music Score)
John Bloom
Editor
Robert Laing
Production Designer
Stuart Craig
Production Designer
Bob Laing
Art Director
Norman Dorme
Art Director
Ram Yedekar
Art Director
Rani Dube
Co-producer
Michael Stanley-Evans
Executive Producer
Michael Seirton
Set Designer
John Mollo
Costume Designer
Bhanu Athaiya
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
George Fenton
Additional Music
A.K. Bir
First Assistant Camera
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