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Gandhi ★★★½ 1982 (PG)

The biography of Mahatma Gandhi, from the prejudice he encounters as a young attorney in South Africa, to his role as spiritual leader to the people of India and his use of passive resistance against the country's British rulers, and his eventual assassination. Kingsley is a marvel in his Academy Award-winning role and the picture is a generally riveting epic worthy of its eight Oscars. 188m/C VHS, DVD . GB Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, John Mills, Saeed Jaffrey, Trevor Howard, Ian Charleson, Roshan Seth, Athol Fugard, Martin Sheen, Daniel Day-Lewis, Rohini Hattangady, Ian Bannen, Geraldine James, Nigel Hawthorne, Om Puri, John Ratzenberger; D: Richard Attenborough; W: John Briley; C: Billy Williams; M: George Fenton. Oscars ‘82: Actor (Kingsley), Art Dir./Set Dec., Cinematog., Costume Des., Director (Attenborough), Film Editing, Orig. Screenplay, Picture, Sound; British Acad. ‘82: Actor (Kingsley), Director (Attenborough), Film, Support. Actress (Hattangady); Directors Guild ‘82: Director (Attenborough); Golden Globes ‘83: Actor—Drama (Kingsley), Director (Attenborough), Foreign Film, Screenplay; L.A. Film Critics ‘82: Actor (Kingsley); Natl. Bd. of Review ‘82: Actor (Kingsley); N.Y. Film Critics ‘82: Actor (Kingsley), Film.