- Original title
- Running time
- 188 min.
- United Kingdom
Ravi Shankar, George Fenton
Ronnie Taylor, Billy Williams
Günther Maria Halmer,
Co-production United Kingdom-United States-India; Columbia Pictures / Goldcrest Films / International Film Investors / National Film Development Corporation of India
Drama | Biography. Colonialism. Historical. 1940s
- Synopsis / Plot
- Richard Attenborough's award-winning epic recounts the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. In South Africa, a young Indian lawyer is booted off a train for refusing to ride second-class. Fed up with the unjust political system, he joins the Indian Congress Party, which encourages social change through passive resistance. When his "subversive" activities land him in jail, masses of low-skilled workers strike to support his non-violent yet revolutionary position. Back in India, Gandhi renounces the Western way of life and struggles to organize Indian labor against British colonialism. A strike costs many British soldiers their lives, so the crown responds by slaughtering 1,500 Indians. Enraged, the ascetic, spiritual leader continues to preach pacifism until he has lead India out from under the tyranny of British imperialism.
: 8 Academy Awards, including Movie, Director, Actor (Ben Kingsley). 11 Nominations
: 5 Golden Globes: Best Foreign Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, New Star (Kingsley)
: 5 BAFTA Awards, including Best Director & Film. 16 Nominations
: National Board of Review: Best Film
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film & Best Actor (Ben Kingsley)
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film and Producer
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