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City of Joy (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 17 April 1992 (USA)
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An American doctor, a British nurse and an illiterate Indian farmer join together to transform a Calcutta ghetto in this uplifting, inspirational movie starring Patrick Swayze and Pauline Collins.

Director:

Roland Joffé

Writers:

Dominique Lapierre (book), Mark Medoff (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Swayze ... Max Lowe
Om Puri ... Hazari Pal
Pauline Collins ... Joan Bethel
Shabana Azmi ... Kamla H. Pal
Ayesha Dharker ... Amrita H. Pal
Santu Chowdhury Santu Chowdhury ... Shambu H. Pal
Imran Badsah Khan Imran Badsah Khan ... Manooj H. Pal
Art Malik ... Ashok Ghatak
Nabil Shaban ... Anouar
Debatosh Ghosh Debatosh Ghosh ... Ram Chander
Suneeta Sengupta Suneeta Sengupta ... Poomina
Mansi Upadhyay Mansi Upadhyay ... Meeta
Shyamanand Jalan Shyamanand Jalan ... Ghatak - Godfather
Shyamal Sengupta Shyamal Sengupta ... Gangooly - Con man
Rudraprasad Sengupta ... Chomotkar
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Storyline

Independent of each other, the Pal family - parents Hazari and Kamla, and their three offspring Amrita, Shambu and Manooj - and Max Lowe arrive in Calcutta, their initial dealings there being less than positive. After losing their farm in the nearby countryside to the "money lender", the Pals are in the city in search of a better life, especially in wanting to build a dowry for Amrita who is now of marrying age. Max, a Houston based surgeon who fell into the career as a matter of family obligation, quit his job unable to cope with the emotional toll especially of losing patients, and has come to Calcutta in search of spiritual enlightenment. Their lives converge by chance in the slum neighborhood nicknamed the City of Joy, most specifically at the makeshift City of Joy Clinic and School opened and operated by Irishwoman Joy Bethel who came to Calcutta on a whim and never left. While the Pals eventual settle in the City of Joy, Joy herself tries to convince Max to provide his much ... Written by Huggo

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He was a man who couldn't care less... until he met a man who couldn't care more. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for scenes of brief strong violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Beset with antagonism from politicians and inhabitants of Calcutta, director Roland Joffé approached India's leading director, Satyajit Ray, to condone the production. Joffé tried four times to meet with Ray, but he refused each time. See more »

Goofs

The school girl in the rickshaw gets dropped daily to St. Xavier's School on Park Street - which is an all boys school. See more »

Quotes

Hasari Pal: Godfather has more eyes than a pineapple!
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Connections

Referenced in En la Tierra de la Alegría (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Original folk score
Richard Blackford
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Touching movie which shakes you while you watch it
14 March 2002 | by jayanta1379See all my reviews

This movie is so deep that it touches your heart directly, specially the role played by om puri is inexpressible. Even the role played by patrick swayze was good as he plays an disillusioned doctor. All the casts played good role in the movie.

This movie touches the way of poor people living in calcutta slum, I know because I myself is a bengali and belong to calcutta. The way the poors were reflected in calcutta is actually the way they are treated.

The best quote of the movie was at the end when the movie ends and when om puri says "All that is not given is lost."


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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ciudad de la alegría See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,405,890, 19 April 1992

Gross USA:

$14,683,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,683,921
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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