Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (at least 3 times on cable in the 80’s, 5 May 2008 and 20 Feb 2014)
Brief Synopsis – The epic tale of a little man who changed the world
My Take on it – Richard Attenborough wanted to make this movie for over 20 years and ended up having to use much of his own fortune.
Attenborough became only the 3rd Actor to win a Best Director award out of 6. The others were Robert Redford for Ordinary People (1980), Warren Beatty for Reds (1981), Kevin Costner for Dances With Wolves (1990), Mel Gibson for Braveheart (1995) and Clint Eastwood for both Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004).
The end result is truly a masterpiece. It sometimes moves slowly, but it is all done on purpose to pace the movie correctly.
This movie is a bit long coming in at 3:11 minutes, but it is done expertly by Attenborough and it doesn’t feel like it drags too much.
Ben Kingsley does an amazing job as Gandhi who was successful in changing the way wars for independence and civil rights were fought in the 20th Century.
This movie went on to win 8 (of 11) Oscars. It won Best Picture, Director, Actor (Kingsley), Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design and Film Editing.
It lost Best Sound, Music Score and Makeup.
Bottom Line – Amazingly done Epic biopic movie by Attenborough. Highly Recommended!!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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