Brilliant is too light of a term to describe this epic. I usually don't fall for epics, but when I do I really like them. This is a movie where you don't care how long it is (in this case it's 3 hours 8 minutes), you just sit through it and enjoy every word that is uttered... every movement by Gandhi is wonderful and you realize how much of a hero this man truly was... not was, is. This man is still one of the most memorable people in all of history.
Richard Attenborough (perhaps known to most of you as John Hammond from Jurassic Park) directs this wonderful masterpiece. He won two Oscars in 1983 for directing and producing this film. Not only did it win those Oscars, but six more as well. A total of eight wins in 1983 made this the biggest winner of the year (even claiming the Best Picture award). Attenborough has triumphed with this film making not only Ben Kingsley a huge success, but re-establishing his fading career as well. Before this film, Attenborough had been known for a string of acting credits and for directing A Bridge Too Far and the forgettable Magic. This film brought him back into the limelight which is what he desparately needed.
Gandhi began a solid film career for British actor Ben Kingsley. Before this film, Kingsley only appeared in TV movies and had a reoccuring role for one year on the British soap "Coronation Street". In Gandhi, Kingsley adapted all the mannerisms and intricacies of Mohandas K. Gandhi and made me believe that I was actually watching the real thing. His resemblance to Gandhi was amazing and the way he spoke and moved had me bewildered.
This film describes the life and times of Mohandas Gandhi, Indian political leader who managed to free his country from the British rule using peaceful means and thus giving hope and inspiration for generations to come.
A wondefully true story of hope and inspiration that will be touching the hearts of people around the world for centuries to come. I highly recommend this to everyone... well everyone who has the patience to withstand a 3 hour epic... I just hope you all have the appreciation for this inspirational man and his dream.