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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Dominique Lapierre (book)
Mark Medoff (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 April 1992 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
User Reviews:
One of the best movies ever made 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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Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Quotes:
Hasari Pal:Godfather has more eyes than a pineapple!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in En la Tierra de la Alegría (2013)See more »

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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
One of the best movies ever made, 23 March 1999
Author: Pelrad from Shanghai, China

Bizarre reviews of this film that fail to explain why they are against its excellence don't stand up in the face of critics like Jim Whalley of Cinema Showcase who called it "the best picture of the year" and Susan Granger of WICC who commented that Patrick Swayze gave "the performance of a lifetime". This is the true story of a disillusioned American doctor who, like so many people, (the Beatles and Alanis Morisette, for example) travelled to India to find himself in a search for enlightenment. At first, he is unwilling to help the locals stand up against the oppressive 'godfather' of the area because he feels that all he'd be doing is trying to "drill a hole in water".

Having been to an English-speaking Third World country like India, myself, I found the reactions of the Swayze character extremely true to life. This seems to be the point that many viewers of the film don't seem to understand. I witnessed many Anglo-Americans in a Third World country surprising themselves by blowing up in anger at seeing the locals cowering away from injustice and later being transformed by the love and patience of the poor. I watched this movie while I was in Guyana and it was like an echo of many of the things I was going through and many of the events with which I had faced. Even the characters and their characteristics and reactions in the film matched many of the people I knew in that land!

"City of Joy" was an excellent and faithful adaption of Dominique Lapierre's richly written masterpiece. Om Puri's performance was deserving of an Academy Award. Patrick Swayze's character - his reactions to his surroundings - was extremely realistic. The conclusion of the film was beautifully touching. The strengths of American culture and Indian culture joined together - both races learned to accept one another's ways of life and borrowed virtues from one another's culture to breathe new life into the slums of Calcutta. "City of Joy" is one of the best movies ever made (10 out of 10).

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