Top 10 bio-pics: No. 3 ... Gandhi
As the civilized world comes off its Oscar hangover this morning and we near the end of our list of the Top 10 Bio-Pics of the '80s, it's time to recognize out of the pillars of modern civilization itself: Mahatma Gandhi, the subject of the 1982 bio-pic Gandhi.
3. GANDHI (1982): Richard Attenborough's film follows the adult life of Mahatma Gandhi, who led India's nonviolent resistance movement against British colonial rule during the first half of the 20th century. The movie won eight Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Ben Kingsley.
Trivia: Dustin Hoffman had expressed interesting in playing the title role, but was offered Tootsie the same year. Meanwhile, Ben Kingsley looked so much like Gandhi, that many natives who saw him during the filming believed him to be Gandhi's ghost.
What critics said: "Kingsley's performance is powerful without being loud or histrionic; he is almost always quiet, observant, and soft-spoken on the screen, and yet his performance comes across with such might that we realize, afterward, that the sheer moral force of Gandhi must have been behind the words." - Roger Ebert
Signature line: "Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always."
The Top 10 Bio-pics of the '80s:
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