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Gandhi

Year: 1982
Studio: Columbia
Director: Richard Attenborough
Cast: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, Candice Bergen, Martin Sheen, Richard Griffiths, Daniel Day Lewis
A sweeping story and cinematic triumph in almost all respects. The film that put Ben Kingsley on the map and was Richard Attenborough's last directorial extravaganza.

It follows the trials and tribulations of Mohandas Gandhi, a young Indian lawyer working in South Africa appalled at the racial segregation he encounters right through to his death as one of the 20th century's most potent political forces.

Kingsley plays the part with passion and portrays the journey of a man from his 20s into his 70s brilliantly (with the help of some astounding makeup).

The film portrays the story of a man who was at heart simple but profoundly principled and who had no time to mollycoddle existing legal structure or the political status quo.

His stance of non-violence no matter what he and his followers were faced with is still missing from world geopolitics and human rights no matter what his legacy, and the man would turn in his grave today if he could see the situation that has deteriorated from his actions.

Twenty years old at the time of writing this review, and timeless in every respect.

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