Nine Hours to Rama


2h 5m 1963

Brief Synopsis

"Nine hours to Rama" depicts the life of Nathuram Godse the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. How Godse planned the assassination is shown in the film. How he became a Hindu activist who (unfairly) blamed Gandhi for the killings of thousands of Hindus by Muslims is revealed in a series of flashbacks.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 3 Apr 1963
Production Company
Red Lion Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Nine Hours to Rama by Stanley Wolpert (New York, 1962).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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 officers.

Crew

Betty Adamson

Wardrobe

Malcolm Arnold

Music comp & Conductor

Saul Bass

Title Designer

Ivor Beddoes

Assistant art Director

Reg Bream

Draughtsman

Maurice Budge

Grip, 2d unit

Larry Cleary

Constr Manager, 2d unit

Anthony Condon

Chargehand Electrician

Freddie Cooper

Camera focus

R. L. M. Davidson

Loc Manager

Rita Davison

Cont, 2d unit

Michael Dempsey

Stagehand

Peter Elliott

Assembly Editor

David Ffolkes

Wardrobe

Harold Fletcher

Makeup

Chimankant Gandhi

Loc Associate prod

Nelson Gidding

Screenwriter

David Giffard

1st & 2nd Assistant Director

Barbara Gillett

Wardrobe

Kip Gowans

Assistant Director

John Graysmark

Draughtsman

Norman Gryspeerdt

Stills

Joyce Herlihy

Prod Secretary

Mickey Hickey

Sound Camera op

Irene Howard

Casting Director

Harry Hunt

Rigger, 2d unit

Arthur Ibbetson

Director of Photography

Tommy Ibbetson

Chargehand Props

Bill Isaacs

Prod buyer

John Jarvis

Set Dresser

L. Kelly

Grip, 2d unit

Bob Mcnaught

Associate Producer

David Middlemas

Production Manager

Harry Miller

Sound Editing

Margaret Miller

Film Editor

Ted Moore

Director of Photographer, 2d unit

P. L. Pace

Stagehand

Tony Pratt

Draughtsman

Tom Ramsey

Stagehand

Mark Robson

Producer

Mark Robson

Company

Tom Sachs

Assistant Director

Wally Schneiderman

Makeup

Elaine Schreyeck

Cont

Elliot Scott

Art Director

Baba Shaikh

Loc Assistant Director

J. B. Smith

Sound Recording

Tony Spratling

Focus, 2d unit

John Streeter

Boom Operator

Pearl Tipaldi

Hairstyles

Gerry Turner

Sound Recording

Ernest Walter

Film Editor

Paul Wilson

Camera Operator

John Winbolt

Camera op, 2d unit

Harvey Woods

Casting Director

Ram Yedekar

Location art Director

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 3 Apr 1963
Production Company
Red Lion Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Nine Hours to Rama by Stanley Wolpert (New York, 1962).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

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

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1963

CinemaScope

Released in United States 1963