- 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.
- 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:
YMMV / Gandhi