'Gandhi' turns 30!

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Sir Richard Attenborough’s epic movie, Gandhi.

Like Lawrence of Arabia, this is an epic movie about one of history’s more intriguing figures.

Sir Ben Kingsley deservedly won the Academy Award for his performance as the title character, a lawyer who becomes a symbol in his native India and its eventual independence from the British. He also works to maintain peace among his own people when a portion of India becomes what is now Pakistan.

Mohandas Gandhi was determined to attain independence for his native land through non-violent means, which would inspire future peacemakers such as Martin Luther King.

Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu nationalist in 1948 at age 78.

Kingsley is backed by a fabulous cast including Candice Bergen, Martin Sheen, Trevor Howard and Sir John Gielgud.

Attenborough had been attempting to make a film about Gandhi numerous times over the years, but those plans ended up falling through for various reasons.

The movie would also win Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Film Editing, Art Direction, Cinematography and Costume Design.

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