Nine Hours to Rama (1963)

125 mins | Drama | 1963

Director:

Mark Robson

Writer:

Nelson Gidding

Producer:

Mark Robson

Cinematographer:

Arthur Ibbetson

Production Designer:

Elliot Scott

Production Company:

Red Lion Productions
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in India. Opened in London in Mar 1963. Also known as Nine Hours To Live ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in India. Opened in London in Mar 1963. Also known as Nine Hours To Live . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Mark Robson Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
1st & 2nd asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam focus
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Focus, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Assembly ed
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Draughtsman
Draughtsman
Draughtsman
Location art dir
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Loc assoc prod
Loc asst dir
Prod mgr
Prod secy
Cont, 2d unit
Casting dir
Casting dir
Prod buyer
Stagehand
Stagehand
Stagehand
Chargehand prop
Chargehand elec
Constr mgr, 2d unit
Grip, 2d unit
Grip, 2d unit
Rigger, 2d unit
Title des
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Nine Hours to Rama by Stanley Wolpert (New York, 1962).
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 3 April 1963
Copyright Claimant:
Red Lion Productions
Copyright Date:
31 December 1962
Copyright Number:
LP23684
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Duration(in mins):
125
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Following his rejection from the British Army because of his Brahmin ancestry, a young Indian, Naturam Godse, learns that his child bride and his father have been killed during communal riots. After promising his mother to fight violence with violence, Natu joins a reactionary political group opposing Mahatma Gandhi and his policy of nonviolence. While employed as a newspaper editor, he falls in love with Rani Mehta, a beautiful married woman who is a firm believer in the teachings of the Mahatma, but their affair ends because of political differences. Natu is then ordered to assassinate Gandhi during a prayer meeting at the home of an Indian industrialist. As Natu and his confederate, Naryan Apte, await the appointed hour of the execution, Natu recalls the events of his early life. Suddenly beset by doubts, he spends a few drunken hours with a Punjabi prostitute named Sheila and then seeks out Rani. When she once more rejects him, he decides to go through with his assignment. Although Gopal Das, the local police chief, has learned of the assassination plot, he is unable to persuade Gandhi to postpone the prayer meeting. Rani also learns of the plan but arrives too late to prevent Natu from firing the fatal shots. Knowing he has killed a great man and that he must be executed for his crime, Natu allows himself to be dragged off by Das's ... +


Following his rejection from the British Army because of his Brahmin ancestry, a young Indian, Naturam Godse, learns that his child bride and his father have been killed during communal riots. After promising his mother to fight violence with violence, Natu joins a reactionary political group opposing Mahatma Gandhi and his policy of nonviolence. While employed as a newspaper editor, he falls in love with Rani Mehta, a beautiful married woman who is a firm believer in the teachings of the Mahatma, but their affair ends because of political differences. Natu is then ordered to assassinate Gandhi during a prayer meeting at the home of an Indian industrialist. As Natu and his confederate, Naryan Apte, await the appointed hour of the execution, Natu recalls the events of his early life. Suddenly beset by doubts, he spends a few drunken hours with a Punjabi prostitute named Sheila and then seeks out Rani. When she once more rejects him, he decides to go through with his assignment. Although Gopal Das, the local police chief, has learned of the assassination plot, he is unable to persuade Gandhi to postpone the prayer meeting. Rani also learns of the plan but arrives too late to prevent Natu from firing the fatal shots. Knowing he has killed a great man and that he must be executed for his crime, Natu allows himself to be dragged off by Das's officers. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Historical


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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