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188 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
John Briley
Ravi Shankar, George Fenton
Ronnie Taylor, Billy Williams
Co-production United Kingdom-United States-India;
Columbia Pictures, Goldcrest Films, International Film Investors, National Film Development Corporation of India
Drama | Biography. Colonialism. Historical. Religion. 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.
1982: 8 Academy Awards, including Movie, Director, Actor (Ben Kingsley). 11 Nominations
1982: 5 Golden Globes: Best Foreign Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, New Star (Kingsley)
1982: 5 BAFTA Awards, including Best Director & Film. 16 Nominations
1982: National Board of Review: Best Film
1982: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film & Best Actor (Ben Kingsley). 3 Nominations
1982: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor (Kingsley). 3 Nominations
1982: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
1982: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film & Best Foreign Producer. 3 Nom.
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