Gandhi (1982)



Critic Consensus: Director Richard Attenborough is typically sympathetic and sure-handed, but it's Ben Kingsley's magnetic performance that acts as the linchpin for this sprawling, lengthy biopic.

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It was Richard Attenborough's lifelong dream to bring the life story of Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi to the screen. When it finally reached fruition in 1982, the 188-minute, Oscar-winning Gandhi was one of the most exhaustively thorough biopics ever made. The film begins in the early part of the 20th century, when Mohandas K. Gandhi (Ben Kingsley), a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Briley, Robert Bolt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
Columbia Pictures


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as Sardar Patel

as Mirabehn

as Mohammed Ali Jinnah

as Pandit Nehru

as Sr. Police Officer

as Principal Secretary

as Advocate General

as Sir George Hodge

as Lord Mountbatten

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as Prof. Gokhale

as Nahari

as Maulana Azad

as Sir Edward Gait

as Nathuram Godse

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as Conductor

as J.B. Kripalani

as Police Sergeant

as Tyeb Mohammed

as Daniels

as His Mother

as Mrs. Motilal Nehru

as Manager of the Mine

as Lord Hunter

as Prison Officer

as Mahadev Desai

as Gen. Edgar

as Prison Guard

as Young Englishman

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as Ramsey MacDonald

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as Villager

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as Secretary

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as Clerk of Court

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Critic Reviews for Gandhi

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (7)

They simply do not build movies like this any more, which is a pity.

Full Review… | February 17, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

In playing Gandhi, an actor must be less concerned with physical verisimilitude than with spiritual presence, and here Kingsley is nothing short of astonishing.

Full Review… | February 24, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Once in a long while a motion picture so eloquently expressive and technically exquisite comes along that one is tempted to hail it as being near perfect.

Full Review… | January 29, 2008
Top Critic

Attenborough's work lacks even the undercurrent of personality that David Lean brought to his films: the film has no flavor but that of the standard Hollywood hagiography.

Full Review… | December 17, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Its faults rather pale beside the epic nature of its theme, and Kingsley's performance in the central role is outstanding.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A remarkable experience.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Gandhi


A sincere biopic about a most admirable man and enriched by Ben Kingsley's exceptional performance - even if the story is in fact more didactic than really compelling and with Gandhi not as fascinating as a character as the strength of his convictions and accomplishments.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Ben Kingsley is definitely one of the best actors absolutely shows in this wonderful film.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


It's been ages since I've seen this, so my review is being dictated primarily by memory. Perhaps it's time for a rewatch?

Richard Attenborough takes the helm for this sweeping historical epic about the life of Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi. It's a very reverent film, is extremely long, and covers a lot of ground, but is a very powerful and compelling tale that highlights the life and work of one of the most influential and important figures in history.

This will probably always be Sir Ben Kingsley's defining role, but that's totally fine. He disappears into the character completely, was nothing but deserving of all the awards and acclaim he got, and really brings the character to life in the best way. It's seriously one of the most convincing performances ever. Like I said, I haven't seen this in ages, so I really don't remember much, but given who makes up the rest of the cast, such as Gielgud, I'm going to go out on a limb and just assert that their performances were also probably great too.

There's also great music, wonderful production values, superb cinematography, and of course, a great message. There's many reasons to see this, and for whichever ones you pick, hopefully you'll not be disappointed.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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