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The man who owned nothing, but inspired a nation.

on 3/10/2007

Excellent movie. He was true to his beliefs, walking the walk in spiritual abundance with peace as his mantra.

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A perfect depection of Gandhi by Ben Kingsley! Aw

on 12/17/2007

This is a great story of the facts and life of India's father. Everyone must see this movie to appreciate the impact Gandhi has left on people like Martin Luther King to Ronald Regan.

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Product Overview

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.

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Studio Sony
SKU 203518460
UPC 043396174375
UPC 14 00043396174375
Format DVD
Release Date 3/4/2008
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Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
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Name Kingsley,Ben
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Awards
Oscar (1983) Ben Kingsley, Winner, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Billy Williams, Ronnie Taylor, Winner, Best Cinematography,John Bloom, Winner, Best Film Editing,John Briley, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen,John Mollo, Bhanu Athaiya, Winner, Best Costume Design,Richard Attenborough, Winner, Best Director,Richard Attenborough, Winner, Best Picture,Stuart Craig, et. al., Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Golden Globe (1983) Ben Kingsley, Winner, Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Gandhi, Winner, Best Foreign Film,John Briley, Winner, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Richard Attenborough, Winner, Best Director - Motion Picture
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ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review In the middle of this epic film there is a quiet, small scene that helps explain why Gandhi is such a remarkable experience. Mahatma Gandhi, at the height of his power and his fame, stands by the side of a lake with his wife of many years. Together, for the benefit of a visitor from the West, they reenact their marriage vows. They do it with solemnity, quiet warmth, and perhaps just a touch of shyness; they are simultaneously demonstrating an aspect of Indian culture and touching on something very personal to them both. At the end of the ceremony, Gandhi says, "We were thirteen at the time." He shrugs. The marriage had been arranged. Gandhi and his wife had not been in love, had not been old enough for love, and yet love had grown between them. But that is not really the point of the scene. The point, I think, comes in the quiet smile with which Gandhi says the words. At that moment we believe that he is fully and truly human, and at that moment, a turning point in the film, Gandhi declares that it is not only a historical record but a breathing, living document...This is the sort of rare epic film that spans the decades, that uses the proverbial cast of thousands, and yet follows a human thread from beginning to end: Gandhi is no more overwhelmed by the scope of its production than was Gandhi overwhelmed by all the glory of the British Empire. The movie earns comparison with two classic works by David Lean, Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, in its ability to paint a strong human story on a very large canvas...What is important about this film is not that it serves as a history lesson (although it does) but that, at a time when the threat of nuclear holocaust hangs ominously in the air, it reminds us that we are, after all, human, and thus capable of the most extraordinary and wonderful achievements, simply through the use of our imagination, our will, and our sense of right.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Most of the time, if an actor describes his film as "one of the last great epics," my first reaction would be to slap him. But when that actor is Ben Kingsley and the film is Gandhi, the statement almost seems modest. A sprawling, powerful epic about one of the most noble men in history, it ranks alongside Lawrence of Arabia and Patton as one of the grandest biopics ever made. It's certainly director Richard Attenborough's best work, gracefully tracing Gandhi's rise from humble lawyer in South Africa to the benevolent father of an independent India...While critics castigated Attenborough's later biopics Chaplin and Cry Freedom for turning their flawed subjects into saints, it would be almost impossible not to beatify Mohandas K. Gandhi. Yet, when we first meet him, he's the farthest thing from the Mahatma or "Great Soul," as he was later known...Nathuram Godse, the man who assassinated Gandhi, was angered by the leader's perceived collusion in the India/Pakistan partition and historians still debate the degree to which Gandhi resisted the partition. But Attenborough's Gandhi is dead-set against it. Brilliantly played by Ben Kingsley (who won the 1982 best Oscar for the role), the film version of Gandhi is an imposing presence, a figure within whose piercing eyes burn the fires of righteousness...Certainly he was right. British colonial rule, while not as brutal as French Indochina or the Belgian Congo, was inherently evil. Through a mix of military force and political perfidiousness, a mere 100,000 Britons ruled over 300 million Indians, making them buy British-made clothes and taxing their salt, a vital commodity in the sweltering tropics. On a scale not seen before, Attenborough shows how Gandhi's gently powerful resistance to these levies -- his exhortations for Indians to make their own clothes and salt -- sparked a movement that would eventually bring down the British Raj.
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Reviewer Tor Thorsen
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Kingsley,Ben
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Brian Webster, Apollo Movie Guide Ben Kingsley is nothing short of mesmerizing in the title role.
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews Attenborough's crowning achievement as a director.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice ...a conscience-exercising, mind-stretching, and soulful experience...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Storytelling at its best, in the tradition of great Hollywood epics...
Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review A true epic in every sense of the word!
The Motion Picture Guide ...[a] vast saga that...takes us on a roller coaster of emotions...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Kingsley is a marvel...[Gandhi is] a riveting epic...

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