Nine Hours to Rama

Nine Hours to Rama is 1963 British film, directed by Mark Robson, that follows a fictionalised Nathuram Godse in the hours before he assassinated the Indian independence leader, Gandhi, and police attempts to prevent the murder. It is based on a 1962 novel of the same name by Stanley Wolpert. The movie was written by Nelson Gidding and filmed in England and India with mainly white actors in prominent roles. It stars Horst Buchholz, Diane Baker, Jose Ferrer, and Robert Morley. It was shot in CinemaScope DeLuxe Color.

Nine Hours to Rama
Directed byMark Robson
Produced byMark Robson
Screenplay byNelson Gidding
Based onNine Hours to Rama by Stanley Wolpert[1]
StarringHorst Buchholz
Jose Ferrer
Valerie Gearon
Music byMalcolm Arnold
CinematographyArthur Ibbetson, Ted Moore
Edited byErnest Walter
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • April 3, 1963 (1963-04-03)
Running time
124 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom / United States
Box office$1,000,000 (US/ Canada)[3]


The film is a fictional narrative set in the nine hours in the life of Nathuram Godse (Horst Buchholz) that led up to his assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (J.S. Casshyap). As he prepares for the shooting at Gandhi's residence, flashbacks recall Godse's hostility to Muslims, his adherence to a militant Hindu group that hatches the plot to kill Gandhi, and his involvement with a married woman Rani (Valerie Gearon) and a prostitute Sheila (Diane Baker). Meanwhile, a police officer Supt. Gopal Das (Jose Ferrer) attempts to find the killer before it is too late.[4]



See also


  2. Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p253
  3. "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
  4. Review – New York Times
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