IMDb Top 250: #223 Gandhi

Gandhi (1982)

Director: Richard Attenborough
Writer: John Briley
Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen

Gandhi’s character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.


Winner of eight Academy Awards, Gandhi is a biographical movie about one of the most famous people in history, from his young years as a lawyer in South Africa to his death in India. A man who wanted to change the world, to make it a better place.

This is a rather old-fashioned movie. Not just for 1982, but for maybe even two or three decades before that. And, truth be told, it is almost impossible to believe that everything in this film actually happened. It’s a bit more on the dramatic side of things. And, even though Ben Kingsley is superb as the title character, there’s not much else to save this movie from being average.

Oh, yes, all the awards I mentioned earlier. The Academy has always been a fan of rewarding movies that are all about peace and love and some higher purpose for mankind. Something like that. This is one of those films.

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