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The Mahabharata 

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Mini-Series (1989– )
Jealousy and hatred is what separates the Pandava and Kaurava. The Kaurava fear the Pandava are after the throne of their father. Yudhishthira of the Pandava gets told by the deity Krishna that he will become king. A war is inevitable.
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 Hidimbi / ... 3 episodes, 1990
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 Kitchaka 3 episodes, 1990
Amba Bihler ...
 Virata's daughter 3 episodes, 1990
Lou Bihler ...
 Young Karna 3 episodes, 1990
Urs Bihler ...
 Dushassana 3 episodes, 1990
Ryszard Cieslak ...
 Dhritharashtra 3 episodes, 1990
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Jean-Paul Denizon ...
Mamadou Dioumé ...
Miriam Goldschmidt ...
Hapsari Hardjito ...
 Abhimanyu's wife 3 episodes, 1990
Nolan Hemmings ...
 Abhimanyu 3 episodes, 1990
Ken Higelin ...
 Deathless boy 3 episodes, 1990
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 Ashwattaman 3 episodes, 1990
Gisèle Hogard ...
 1st princess 3 episodes, 1990
Corinne Jaber ...
 Amba / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Lutfi Jakfar ...
Akram Khan ...
 Ekalavya 3 episodes, 1990
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Joseph Kurian ...
 Drishtadyumna 3 episodes, 1990
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Robert Langdon Lloyd ...
Clement Masdongar ...
Leela Mayor ...
 Satyavati 3 episodes, 1990
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Bruce Myers ...
Yumi Nara ...
 Virata's wife 3 episodes, 1990
Tamsir Niane ...
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Hélène Patarot ...
 Gandhari 3 episodes, 1990
Abbi Patrix ...
Julie Romanus ...
 2nd princess 3 episodes, 1990
Bakary Sangaré ...
 Ghatotkatcha / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Mallika Sarabhai ...
 Draupadi 3 episodes, 1990
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 Yudhishthira 3 episodes, 1990
Mas Soegeng ...
Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan ...
Tapa Sudana ...
 Pandu / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Mahmoud Tabrizi-Zadeh ...
 Sahadeva 3 episodes, 1990
Myriam Tadesse ...
 Gandhari's servant 3 episodes, 1990
Velu Vishwananan ...
 The hermit 3 episodes, 1990
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In ancient India the five Pandava brothers, Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva, are cousins of the sons of king Dhritharashtra, known as the Kaurava. The five are the sons of the wives of king Pandu, who seceded in favor of his blind brother after he was cursed. The men are raised together, but from the beginning there are difficulties. They are prone to fight and when Arjuna becomes a great archer, the Kaurava are both jealous and afraid. Is it the kingdom the Pandava are after? Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandava, strives after it as he is told by the deity Krishna that he will become king. The hatred and jealousy of the Kaurava grows even stronger when the Pandava turn a barren wasteland Dhritharashtra gave them into a great court. This can't go on forever. Inevitably a war will follow, a war that will shake the foundations of the Earth. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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15 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il mahabharata  »

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$334,077
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Duryodhana: A man says: I have enough to eat and wear. I need nothing more! Shame! He says: I don't know anger! Shame! I am like a dried up stream, like a wooden elephant. All because my father was born blind, because one does not give a throne to a blind man.
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A great version
4 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

This adaptation of the original play by Juan-Claude Carriere, which was three hours longer (and was in turn the adaptation of the classic poem, which is 15 times the size of the Bible!) will be, for many, the only version they will ever know of the Mahabharata. But rest assured, the essential is all here: all the wisdom, passion and emotion of one of the three or four truly immortal works of literature. This should not be viewed as a feature film, but as the filming of a theater play. Then you will be able to appreciate better the great work of almost every actor and actress, and the sheer boldness of their performance and the director's vision. A clue is the great variety of nationalities and accents: the Mahabharata is a literary work that belongs to all of us.


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