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Lonely in America (1990)

The dreams and aspirations about America and life of Arun, a young Indian in his 20s, change as he struggles to fit into a new and alien culture. His strained relationship with his rigidly ... See full summary »

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Barry Alexander Brown, Tirlok Malik (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ranjit Chowdhry Ranjit Chowdhry ... Arun
Tirlok Malik Tirlok Malik ... Max
Adelaide Miller Adelaide Miller ... Faye
Robert Kessler Robert Kessler ... Jim
David Toney David Toney ... Duncan
Melissa Christopher ... Becky
Frank John Hughes ... Carlos (as Frankie Hughes)
Spike Lee ... Himself
Debbie Rochon ... Jenny, girl at museum
Adrienne Shelly ... Woman in Laundromat
Cee Cee Rider Cee Cee Rider ... Self-Help Class Instructor
Hettle Pastakia Hettle Pastakia ... Bride
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Forman ... Chip
Chander B. Malik Chander B. Malik ... Computer salesman
Ajay Mehta ... Confectionary shop owner
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Storyline

The dreams and aspirations about America and life of Arun, a young Indian in his 20s, change as he struggles to fit into a new and alien culture. His strained relationship with his rigidly traditional uncle, Max, further complicates his dilemma. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Comedy | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1991 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Em Busca do Paraíso See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Apple Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Some of the credits are shown as magazine coverlines, others on a subscription card, a lottery scratch card and, for the director credit, a trashy tabloid. The critic for 'Variety' wrote: "This may be the first time a non-industry audience applauded the credits". See more »

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I loved this film!
16 April 2004 | by makeup_pro2000See all my reviews

It's hard to find small films made with genuine heart. This one has it in spades. It's not some goofy laugh-out-loud film, although there is a bizarre dream sequence that's a take-off on an Indian musical that is acid-trip funny! The acting is generally very good, and the guy who plays "Jim", the cheating executive, is "genuinely funny and entertaining" according to Kevin Thomas of the L.A. Times. This actor is named Robert Kessler, and if he's still around, somebody should get him back on screen! Very Sexy! The movie was apparently directed by Barry Brown, who I believe was Spike Lee's editor on "Do The Right Thing". He does a pretty good job, but he's admittedly working with a small budget.


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