Factory sealed DVD Sir Ben Kingsley stars as Mohandas Gandhi in Lord Richard Attenborough's riveting biography of the man who rose from simple lawyer to worldwide symbol of peace and understanding. A critical masterpiece, GANDHI is an intriguing story about activism, politics, religious tolerance and freedom. But at the center of it all is an extraordinary man who fought for a nonviolent, peaceful existence, and set an entire nation free. Winner of 8 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Attenborough) and Best Actor (Sir Ben Kingsley), GANDHI's highly acclaimed cast also includes Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, Sir John Gielgud, Roshan Seth and Martin Sheen. Sir Richard Attenborough's 1982 multiple-Oscar winner (including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Ben Kingsley) is an engrossing, reverential look at the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, who introduced the doctrine of nonviolent resistance to the colonized people of India and who ultimately gained the nation its independence. Kingsley is magnificent as Gandhi as he changes over the course of the three-hour film from an insignificant lawyer to an international leader and symbol. Strong on history (the historic division between India and Pakistan, still a huge problem today, can be seen in its formative stages here) as well as character and ideas, this is a fine film. --Tom Keogh Stills from Gandhi (click for larger image)
NB: Some other reviews seem to be about a book, not the film 'Ghandi' - not sure where the mix up is...If only the film was a little deeper, a little more complex, it could have been an all time great epic. As it is, it comes close.The pluses; the power of the story and the history, and Ben Kingsley's amazing performance, which, somehow, like Gandhi himself, is both modest and incredibly powerful.The minuses; many of the supporting characters are underd..
superb movie, great performances, sets, directing, true to real world story, Cinematography is stunning. India is the pivotal country of this century with over a billion people, and this story shows the great history of this country, including the enormous impact of the Muslim separation from the sub continent and the early beliefs that would lead us to where we are in the 21st century. Marvelous performances, especially by Ben Kingsley as Gandhi, so rich and infor..
This is an incredible portrait of an incredible man performed incredibly by Ben Kingsley. He takes on Gandhi's character so thoroughly that I felt I was watching old newsreels (in color of course) of the man himself. Britain's departure from India and her assumption of democracy came about for many reasons, but Gandhi's influence and guidance and his ability to connect with the common people of India played a huge role. Ben Kingsley portrayed this process impecc..