The classic movie released in 1982, taken from DVD release and re-encoded with DVD Shrink.
Alt Titles : Richard Attenborough's Film: Gandhi USA (complete title),
Runtime: 188 mins
User Rating: 8.1
Genre: Biography Drama History
Tagline: His Triumph Changed The World Forever.
Director(s): Richard Attenborough
Writer(s): John Briley
Producer(s): Richard Attenborough Rani Dubé Suresh Jindal Michael Stanley-Evans
Plot Outline: The biography of Mahatma Gandhi, who rose from a small-time lawyer to India's spiritual leader through his philosophy of non-violent but direct-action protest.Biography of Mahatma Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British through his philosophy of non-violent protest.This film describes the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political leader who managed to free his country from the British rule using peaceful means and thus giving hope and inspiration for generations to come.When Mahatma Gandhi first set foot in British India, he had already been to Britain and South Africa, and had created quite a stir for the betterment of the people. But in India, he realized that he had first to live the life of a peasant to understand what it is to be an Indian. This resolve will lead him to shed his westerners clothing, and don a simple loincloth, be subjected to racial slurs from none other than Winston Churchill (Half naked Indian Fakir); Mobilize awareness of local industry and less dependence on imported clothing and material; the historic dandee march for withdrawal of the salt tax; a fast unto death to stop the virtual slaughter of British troops by irate Indian mobs; and be imprisoned several times. His resolve was to work with stalwarts such as Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Sardar Valabhbhai Patel, Professor Gokhale, J.B. Kripalani, Maulana Azad, and Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru to ensure first of all to get the British to quit India, and then run an Indian Government under the Congress party. Gandhi will soon realize that it is not enough to be just an Indian, for India has many facets - Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, and Christian. The British relied on these many facets as an excuse for their continuance as they wanted to ensure that the minorities are not oppressed by the Hindu majority. Concerned over the inroads made by Gandhi to unite the Hindus, Muslims, and all others under a common umbrella, the British invited Jinnah for talks, and it is here that a seed was laid for a separate country called Pakistan. When Gandhi came to know about this, he pleaded with Jinnah to unite the Muslims, even take over as the first Prime Minister with his choice of Muslim candidates for Parliament, but separatist Jinnah had already made his mind. The World Wars of 1914 and 1944 having taken it's toll on Europe and Britain in particular, the weary British finally decided to leave India in 1947 - not the India they had conquered - but an India that was ready to be divided in East Pakistan and West Pakistan. Now after the much awaited independence was the real test for Gandhi - a test that will make him or break him - as he started a fast unto death to try and stop the violence that was threatening to break out into a civil war, not realizing that he had indirectly fanned Hindu extremism, which would later be called the Shiv Sena, into taking the matter directly in their hands to ensure that Muslims are kept out of their Hindustan forever.
• Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi "Bapu"
• Candice Bergen as Margaret Bourke-White
• Edward Fox as Gen. Reginald Dyer
• John Gielgud as Lord Irwin
• Trevor Howard as Judge Broomfield
• John Mills as Lord Chelmsford
• Martin Sheen as Vince Walker
• Ian Charleson as Rev. Charlie Andrews
• Athol Fugard as Gen. Jan Christiaan Smuts
• Günther Maria Halmer as Dr. Herman Kallenbach (as Gunter Maria Halmer)