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  • Moral Event Horizon: Gandhi and his fellows were initially crusading simply for better treatment by the British Raj. However, after General Reginald Dyer orchestrates a massacre of peaceful protestors, Gandhi declares now their only goal is full independence from the British Empire.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Men, woman and children slaughtered in the hundreds, maybe even more than a thousand, on the orders of a heartless butcher who thought he would "teach them a lesson"note . The whole sequence is as horrifying as it was historically, from Dyer making his troops fire on every Indian in sight, even on those trying to escape, to a few people jumping into the well in despair, then dozens more throwing themselves into the 'Martyr's well' until it looks like a literal flood of bodies.
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    • The Dharasana Salt Works protest is as chilling as it is awesome. Stone-faced men line up shoulder-to-shoulder and march towards the cordon of British soldiers who savagely club them to the ground, without raising a hand to strike back... then once they fall, the next group line up to follow them. Again and again and again.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Several among the All-Star Cast qualify, but Edward Fox as General Dyer and Trevor Howard as Judge Broomfield (who have less than five minutes of screentime each) especially stand out.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • A young Daniel Day-Lewis has one short scene as an Afrikaaner thug who intimidates a young Gandhi.
    • A rare In-Universe one, as Gandhi's assassin can be seen in the crowd that Nehru runs into to confront the heckeler who shouted "Death to Gandhi!"


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