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Writers (WGA):
Dominique Lapierre (book)
Mark Medoff (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 April 1992 (USA) See more »
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True heroism lies in the quality of the struggle. See more »
Plot:
Hazari Pal lives in a small village in Bihar, India, with his dad, mom, wife, Kamla, daughter, Amrita... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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"I Came To Find Enlightenment" See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Patrick Swayze ... Max Lowe

Om Puri ... Hazari Pal

Pauline Collins ... Joan Bethel

Shabana Azmi ... Kamla H. Pal

Ayesha Dharker ... Amrita H. Pal
Santu Chowdhury ... Shambu H. Pal
Imran Badsah Khan ... Manooj H. Pal

Art Malik ... Ashok Ghatak
Nabil Shaban ... Anouar
Debatosh Ghosh ... Ram Chander
Suneeta Sengupta ... Poomina
Mansi Upadhyay ... Meeta
Shyamanand Jalan ... Ghatak - Godfather
Shyamal Sengupta ... Gangooly - Con man
Rudraprasad Sengupta ... Chomotkar
Baroon Chakaborty ... Said
Masood Akhtar ... Rassoul
Loveleen Mishra ... Shanta
Pavan Malhotra ... Ashish
Anashua Majumdar ... Selima (as Anashua Mujumdar)
Dipti Dave ... Schoolgirl
Aloke Roychoudhury ... Aristotle John
Siv Sankar Banerjee ... Goonda
Aloknanda Datta ... Schoolgirl's Mother
Chakradhar Jena ... Mehboub
Sunil Mukherjee ... Hotel Porter
Chetna Jalan ... Court Judge
Ravi Jhankal ... Obstructing Policeman
Debraj Ray ... Binal
Charu Bala Chokshi ... Binal's Wife (as Charubala Chokshi)
Durba Datta ... Margareta
Tamal Ray Chowdhury ... Surya (as Tamal Roychowdhury)
Sanjay Pathak ... Shoba
Anjan Dutt ... Dr. Sunil
Debasish Banerjee ... Dr. Sunil's Assistant
Swatilekha Sengupta ... Hotel Manageress
Sami Ahmad ... Bartender
Chhotu Bhai ... Thug
Rana Mitra ... Thug
Siddharth Roy ... Thug
Monu Mukherjee ... Waiter at Hamburger Bar
John Nair ... Selima's Son
Subrata Sensharma ... Minister at Railway Station
Sujan Mukherjee ... Subash
Satya Banerjee ... Subash's Father
Paresh Ghosh ... Subash's Uncle
Saran Chatterjee ... Subash's Uncle
Gouri Sankar Panda ... Subash's Uncle
Sudip Banerjee ... Subash's Uncle
Kajal Chaudhury ... Hasari's Mother
Iftekhar ... Hasari's Father
Chitra Sen ... Angry Woman
Keira Jane Malik ... Young Patient (Houston)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sam Wanamaker ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Roland Joffé 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Dominique Lapierre (book)

Mark Medoff (screenplay)

Produced by
Jake Eberts .... producer
Roland Joffé .... producer
Iain Smith .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Biziou 
 
Film Editing by
Gerry Hambling 
Hervé de Luze (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Priscilla John 
 
Production Design by
Roy Walker 
 
Art Direction by
Ashoke Bose  (as Asoke Bose)
John Fenner (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Rosalind Shingleton 
 
Costume Design by
Judy Moorcroft 
 
Makeup Department
Lynda Armstrong .... makeup artist
Elaine Bowerbank .... hair stylist
Rita Dey .... assistant hair stylist
Paul Engelen .... chief makeup artist
Paula Gillespie .... chief hair stylist
 
Production Management
Rashid Abbasi .... unit manager
Dilip Bannerjee .... local production manager (as Dilip Banerjee)
Ian Hickinbotham .... unit manager
Philip Kohler .... production manager
Barrie Melrose .... production supervisor
John Trehy .... post-production supervisor
John A. Amicarella .... post-production supervisor: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Dileep Singh Rathore .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Debashish Chatterjee .... assistant director
Cliff Lanning .... second assistant director
Adam Somner .... third assistant director
Gerry Toomey .... first assistant director: second camera
Bill Westley .... first assistant director
Kevin Westley .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alan Billam .... stand-by stagehand
Neil Carr .... stand-by rigger
Dave Everall .... chargehand rigger (as David Everall)
Barry Fowler .... supervising plasterer
Len Furey .... construction manager
Charles Green .... plasterer
Derek Knowler .... property storeman
David Meeking .... supervising painter
Peter Mounsey .... stand-by painter
Andrew Palmer .... dressing propman (as Andy Palmer)
John Palmer .... chargehand dressing propman
John Porter .... chargehand carpenter
Mickey Pugh .... chargehand stand-by props
Gordon Routledge .... stand-by carpenter
Alan Seabrook .... painter
Eric Strange .... dressing propman
Alan Taylor .... construction manager
Terry Wells .... property master
Mickey Woolfson .... stand-by propman
Agnes Goveas .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Jean-Marie Blondel .... boom operator
Daniel Brisseau .... sound mixer
Olivier Burgaud .... boom operator
Ron Davis .... sound editor
Richard Dunford .... sound editor
Peter Elliott .... sound editor (as Peter Elliot)
Martin Evans .... sound editor
Ian Fuller .... supervising sound editor
Peter Horrocks .... sound editor
Dick Lewzey .... additional sound engineer
Brian Mann .... assistant sound editor
Ray Merrin .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Christine Newell .... assistant sound editor
Tim Partridge .... stereo sound engineer: Dolby (as Timothy Partridge)
Franco Patrignani .... sound engineer
Clive Pendry .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Bill Rowe .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Stears .... assistant sound editor
Len Tremble .... assistant sound editor
Michael Trent .... assistant sound editor
Fabio Venturi .... assistant sound engineer
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Nick Allder .... special effects supervisor
Neil Corbould .... special effects technician
Ron Hone .... special effects technician
Peter Skehan .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Angus Bickerton .... matte cameraman: plate photography (uncredited)
Alan Church .... optical camera (uncredited)
Andy Stevens .... optical camera assistant: Magic Camera Co (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Greg Powell .... stunt coordinator
Lee Sheward .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... unit still photographer
Peter Bloor .... chief electrician
Mark Evans .... electrician
Francine Filatriau .... camera operator: second camera
Ray Hall .... camera grip
Patricia Kiely .... clapper loader
Eddie Knight .... best boy
Pascal Marti .... camera operator: second camera
Don Maton .... generator operator
Alan McPherson .... electrician
Stewart Monteith .... electrician
Damien Morisot .... focus puller: second camera
John Murphy .... camera grip
Eamonn O'Keeffe .... focus puller
Ronnie Phillips .... electrician (as Ronald Phillips)
Dave Ridout .... generator operator (as David Ridout)
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Bradley Thomas .... video operator
Charles Todman .... camera maintenance
 
Casting Department
Joyce Barneto .... casting assistant
Supantha Bhattacharjee .... crowd casting
Nancy Foy .... casting: USA
Emily Schweber .... casting: USA
Lucinda Syson .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Germinal Rangel .... wardrobe supervisor
Sujata Sharma .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Joss Agnew .... assistant editor
Cate Arbeid .... post-production coordinator
Clive Barrett .... additional editor
Carolyne Chauncey .... first assistant editor
Olivier Fontenay .... color timer
Matthew Glen .... assistant editor
Russell Lloyd .... additional editor
Jonathan Lucas .... assistant editor
William Parnell .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Richard Blackford .... composer: original folk music
Richard Blackford .... music supervisor
Felice E. Raffaele Clemente .... musician: panpipes
Enrico DeMelis .... general music coordinator (as Enrico De Melis)
Joe Illing .... music editor
Sirish Kumar .... musician: tabla
Dick Lewzey .... additional music engineer
Andrea Morricone .... music recording assistant
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator
Stefano Novelli .... musician: piccolo clarinet
Laura Pontecorvo .... musician: recorder
Chandra Ramesh .... musician: sitar
Mike Taylor .... musician: Indian flute
Paolo Zampini .... musician: flute
 
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation supervisor
Muhammad Israfil .... unit driver: Calcutta
John Smith .... unit driver: UK
Sujit Nasayan Sur .... transportation assistant
 
Other crew
S.M. Ferozeuddin Alameer .... assistant: Roland Joffé
Imtiaz Amir .... production assistant
Deborah Attoinese .... assistant: Roland Joffé
Mohini Banerji .... liaison officer: New Delhi
Bill Barringer .... location manager
Sallie Beechinor .... production coordinator
Oscar Beuselinck .... production runner
Eleanor Chaudhuri .... production secretary
Clarence D'Silva .... production runner
Vijaya Daing .... unit doctor (as Dr. Vijaya Daing)
Robert Gale .... medical consultant (as Dr. Robert Gale)
Sunil Gangopadhyay .... cultural consultant
Sheikh Nazret Hossain .... police liaison
Yash Johar .... liaison officer: Bombay
Clayton Kennedy .... production runner
Jayanth Kumath .... location manager
Andrew Lindsay .... catering supervisor
Claire Litchfield .... unit nurse
Irene Lyons .... assistant: Jake Eberts
Donald MacKechnie .... supervisor: Actors Workshops
Sue Mawson .... unit nurse
Lawrence R. Medoff .... medical consultant (as Lawrence R. Medoff M.D.)
Ben Myron .... executive: Lightmotive
Andrew Noakes .... location accountant
Pat Rambaut .... script supervisor (as Patricia Rambaut)
Sunit Sengupta .... liaison officer: Calcutta
Ann Tasker .... unit publicist
John Trehy .... production accountant
Kevin Trehy .... assistant accountant
Charles Waring .... assistant accountant
Tristan Whalley .... international publicity coordinator
John Whelan .... catering supervisor
Ruth A Young .... assistant to co-producer (as Ruth Young)
Brit Babcock .... development (uncredited)
Richard Morrison .... title designer (uncredited)
Gary Nixon .... location accountant (uncredited)
Emily Stankovich .... executive assistant to director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for scenes of brief strong violence
Runtime:
132 min
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Trivia:
Two assistant directors were accused of the murder of a local journalist who had worked for Ashok Dasgupta, editor of "Aaj Kal", one of the leading Indian newspapers. Dasgupta launched a series of personal attacks against the production, at one point even accusing Roland Joffe of making a porn film. Although it later transpired that the journalist in question had died of lung cancer, Dasgupta refused to withdraw his attacks, charging Joffe with paying off the autopsy physicians and police, and demanding that he hire two Indian crew members because they had insulted him. Joffe refused his demands.See more »
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Hasari Pal:All that is not given is lost.See more »
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29 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
"I Came To Find Enlightenment", 29 December 1999
Author: stryker-5 from London, England

A child dies on an operating table in a Texas hospital. The surgeon, Max Lowe (Patrick Swayze), abandons his practice after the fatality and travels to Calcutta, leaving painful memories behind him. At the same time, in the Indian province of Bihar, Hasari and his family are quitting the land. Two years of drought have reduced them to despair, and now they are drifting to the city, hoping to make a new life there.

The story of the film is that of an impoverished community in Calcutta's backstreets, and how with Max Lowe's help the poor people learn to throw off the yoke of oppression. Max gives of his time and talent, and in return these simple folk teach him new perspectives, and enable him to come to terms with his own regrets.

This film is an example of American insensitivity at its worst. It is extremely patronising in its treatment of Indian society and crude in its handling social and moral issues. The film fails utterly to appreciate that a social system that has existed for thousands of years might not need 'straightening out' by a young man from a 200-year-old culture. All the standard American cliches are trotted out. People are urged to 'stand up and be counted', and to 'make choices in their lives'. Individualism and self-reliance are trumpeted brainlessly, as if they were eternal truths. This is the arrogance of youth. American exporters of films would do well to remember that there are ways of living that happen to be distinct from their own - and far wiser.

The plot is brain-numbingly simplistic. An evil Indian 'godfather' and his (even more evil) son are terrorising the City of Joy. Max preaches rebellion to the local people, exhorting them to reject the feudal system by which they have lived since time immemorial. He has been in India for three weeks, but he know best. The film blithely ignores three essential realities, because they happen to be inconvenient. Firstly, street dwellers such as these have to work too long and too hard, and are too worn down by malnutrition, to stage rebellions and construct new clinics on a foreigner's whim. Secondly, even if an age-old feudal system could be discarded overnight (and it can't), something has to fill the vacuum. The film doesn't come close to hinting what sort of social structure will supplant the godfather's regime. Thirdly, the film arrogantly assumes that the people would turn against their own, with whom they have ancient bonds of blood and custom, in order to side with an American stranger who knows nothing of their way of life, and who is free to pack up and leave whenever he wishes.

Indian people have to behave like Americans, lest they lose the sympathy of the American cinema audience. Poor families have to be too proud to beg for food, but this is nonsense in an Indian context. In reality, Hasari and his wife and children would beg without hesitation - and why shouldn't they? If a prostitute were to lure a foreigner into a robbery, would a local poor man tend the foreigner's wounds? And would the prostitute help him? The preparation of the new clinic is all meaningful bustle and smiling self-help, but these are the values of the American frontier, not the backstreets of Calcutta. Hasari's daughter chooses her husband western-style, via a romance, rather than the arranged marriage which would almost certainly happen in real life.

Everything comes about too easily. Hasari needs to double his income, so he does. Max earns the undying love of Calcutta's poor in a few weeks of grudging voluntary work. In the same timespan, the film gives us the full cycle of birth, death and marriage. People are slashed with razors and make complete (scar-free) recovery, without proper medical attention or modern pharmaceuticals. Max decides on the marriage, not the girl's family, and it's Max who takes the place of honour at the wedding ceremony. That's about as likely as water-skiing on the Ganges.

Ennio Morricone's score is extremely low-key, consisting of little more than a few sitar flourishes. It is almost as if the maestro is embarrassed to be associated with this shallow, tactless film. Max says he travelled to Calcutta to find enlightenment. He would stand a better chance if he didn't carry Texas along in his backpack.

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