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Gandhi

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  Gandhi  Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
8.64 /10
 
Starring
Ben Kingsley (AAW, LONDON CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARD - ACTOR OF THE YEAR), Candice Bergen
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Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Written by: John Briley

 
 
 
Released: 1982
   
Genre: DRAMA
BIOPIC
EPIC
   
Origin: GB
   
Length: 187
 
 


 

Life of a lawyer turned religious and political leader (Ben Kingsley, pictured centre).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Big, earnest, conventional epic with some dull moments, and a tendency to ignore Gandhi's misjudgments: you may look in vain for his instruction to Indians to support the Japanese during World War II. Still, there's a real love of India and sympathy for its hero. Although the crowd scenes (always Attenborough's strong point) need a big screen to be fully appreciated, Ben Kingsley's wonderfully convincing central performance (in which he ages over 50 years) emerges just as strongly on TV. Oscars were won by Stuart Craig for art direction, John Mollo and Bhanu Athalya for costume design, and John Bloom for editing.
“No one wants to see a movie about a little brown man in a loincloth.”
(Unnamed studio executive, turning down Gandhi)

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