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8.13 h 8 min1983X-RayPG
Winning an amazing 8 Academy Awards Gandhi is a feast of visual splendour, outstanding performances, and human drama. With pristine direction from Richard Attenborough and a towering performance from Ben Kingsley, this is one of the most powerful films ever to grace the screen.
Richard Attenborough
Ben KingsleyCandice BergenEdward Fox
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John GielgudTrevor HowardJohn MillsMartin Sheen
Richard Attenborough
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4.6 out of 5 stars

2684 global ratings

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Global WandererReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Epic Masterpiece
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An epic masterpiece, I have watched it now 4 times over the years. If you want to learn about Indian independence from British colonialism without reading a book, this is it. The scenes take me back to 4 years spent as a teen in that region so it reminds me of the people, the buildings and the way of life there. I think this film is recently complemented by a new book I am reading now by Rishi Tharoor called "Inglorious Empire, What the British did to India", published by penguin. The book sets the background to the film in my view for those that are interested. Wonderful directing, production and acting. Richard Attenborough's finest production in my view, with great performances from Ben Kingsley, and other lead actors that make this production so memorable.
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Souro SircarReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 February 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best classic film, no extras not superior picture and sound.
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I got this DVD for my relative as it is one of her best films. Ben Kingsley, a well known talented and respectable actor portrays Gandhi very well and this classic film that won 8 Academy directed by the late Richard Attenborough who is well known for nature programmes. It is based on the true story of Mahatma Gandhi, who fought against racial inequality and Indian Independence from the then British Empire. Unless most national leaders who used violence, Gandhi used peaceful methods of civil disobedience forcing the oppressive British imperial regime their true colours and other events that eventually lead from to the birth of India. It begins with Gandhi's youth as a law student to ends as him as the inspirational spirit leader of the Congress Party that helped bring Indian Independence. Although there had been much suffering and tensions between Muslim and Hindu fanatics, the latter of one who would eventually assassinate him, Gandhi and his peaceful methods remains to be legendary and were probably the inspiration of other peaceful freedom and racial equality leaders such as Martin Luther King. His DVD has not have any extras but the movies is nicely restored and remastered with superior sound effects and picture quality. The storyline is well structured and made as close to the true story as possible and this together with great people in the film industry makes this one of the best movies of all time.
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kitty 7Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very Good.
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At the moment I'm reading Richard Attenborough's autobiography, which has prompted me to watch his film about the life of Gandhi. The film is an epic story, as you might expect and then it is just a potion of his life, but, the film is quite mesmerising to watch because the production and Attenborough's direction is second to none bordering on perfection. A must see for anyone who is interested in history.
Esteban Posada DuqueReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
... arguably Attenborough's greatest film ... r.i.p ....
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"Classic. Great performances, beautifully shot, compelling story. Educational, informative, and thought provoking. Probably Kingsley's most memorable role and arguably Attenborough's greatest film."

I saw this when I was 19 years old and still have the released Soundtrack on vynil ... since George Harrison's epic concert for Bangladesh I immediadely fell in love with Mr. Shankar's music as well as many westerns ... still remember the spectacular sleeve design & package design ... the 70's delivered the best albums defenitely ... I was only 8 years old and lucky to have bigger broyhers who introduced tome the best british rock bands especially the so called symphonic or progresive ... all these to say that 32 years later I have re-discover an all time favorite and thanks to this blu-ray edition I have unrapped a whole new gem in all its digital grandeur ... the special feaure with all those historic info made this edition a truely collectors blu-ray library ... congrats
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Trevor WillsmerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 November 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
Richard Attenborough's masterpiece
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Richard Attenborough's epic film of the life of the man whose policy of active passive resistance against the British helped lead India to gain its independence is a big epic in the grand tradition, beautifully crafted and stands alone in his canon as a director in that it has a genuine sense of vision.

Aside from its beautifully framed Scope composition, it is full of striking visual moments from waves of protesters passively lining up to be beaten in a 'raid' on a salt factory to the shot of the solitary Gandhi standing at the well in Amritsar after a massacre there. The crowd scenes are plentiful and truly massive and on a scale we are unlikely to ever see again, yet the focus is always on the man and what he stood for. Much of the credit for this goes to John Briley's excellent screenplay. Well constructed and filled with memorable scenes, it condenses an extraordinary life with clarity and pace and avoiding the pitiful cliche of Chaplin.

Kingsley's performance is one of the miracles of epic cinema, a performance large enough to hold its own against thousands of extras but layered enough to make Gandhi a credibly human figure. This gives the film the real sense of a journey through Gandhi's life, from his initial vanity and failures as a public speaker to a man who became the spiritual leader of his country with charisma, wisdom and wit. A not entirely uncritical portrait, there are inconvenient aspects of his life that are glossed over, but as an inspirational epic it has few equals.

Of the top-billed cast Candice Bergen never really registers, Trevor Howard and John Mills are hardly there long enough to notice with only Edward Fox, in one of his last restrained performances, John Gielgud and Martin Sheen standing out. The really impressive work is to be found further down the credits; Ian Charleson's missionary, Roshan Seth's Neru and a well-chosen roster of well-known faces in supporting roles. And for once these really are supporting roles, adding to the portrait of the central character rather than detracting from it with scene-stealing.

Despite the critical backlash it suffered (not helped by Kingsley's recent, significantly less than humble behavior), it is an impressive, sometimes moving film that was worth the price of admission in the cinema and is worth adding to your collection. All passion seemingly spent, Attenborough wouldn't make another halfway decent film until Shadowlands more than a decade later, but Gandhi is something of a masterpiece.
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Nicholas CooperReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Still Delivers
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Not having watched Gandhi for many years, it was very apposite in these current troubled times to give it another look.
Watching Gandhi and his followers fighting back against a repressive, unjust regime was indeed a tonic for our times.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 May 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A long film with restricted time to watch it
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This film is ok if you sit in front of your tv for long periods. If, however you have another life and do other things then don't rent this film. Time restricted to 48 hours to watch it all is a disappointment. Also considered the cost at £3.49 a bit expensive for a film of this age.
This has put me of Amazon.
T. GordonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Still an outstanding film
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This is as relevant now as it was in 1982 when it was first released. Just watched it with my 13 year old son who is studying the end of the British Empire at school. A film that you go on thinking about after you've watched it - the sign of an excellent film I think.
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