The Rising (Mangal Pandey)
The Rising (Mangal Pandey) (2005)

This period epic is a tale of friendship, love, loss and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Indian Mutiny of 1857. It centers on the friendship between an Indian soldier and British commander William Gordon.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 12, 2005
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

Sumptuously designed and beautifully shot.

Mark R. Leeper

This is a big, spectacular film that may even be an education for American audiences. We see little historical spectacle from Hollywood these days and hopefully Bollywood will help fill the gap.

Jaspreet Pandohar

The Rising succeeds in entertaining and educating audiences about an important turning point in Indian history. However, where it stumbles is in its inability to engage on an emotional level.

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David Chute
L.A. Weekly

The movie never finds the right balance between momentum and exposition, and way too much historical information has been crammed into voice-over narration.

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Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

A rousing, well-made epic that deserves to find a wider audience in this country.

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Steve O'Hagan
Empire Magazine

A rousing, if melodramatic, history lesson.

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Derek Elley

A gorgeously lensed, well-structured audience-pleaser that harks back to classic Hollywood blockbusters of the '50s and '60s.

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Harvey S. Karten

A lush, dashing melodrama based on the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857; beautiful costumes, dance, photography.

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Louis Proyect

Anti-imperialist Bollywood winner

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Duncan Ryan-Ross
It was beautifully shot, and the message was a positive one. Unfortunately, I have a lot of gripes that prevent me from thoroughly enjoying it. For instance,… More
Leo L
An interesting movie that centralizes around the friendship between two individuals, one Indian and the other British, during British colonial India. Mangal… More