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City of Joy (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 17 April 1992 (USA)
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Hazari Pal lives in a small village in Bihar, India, with his dad, mom, wife, Kamla, daughter, Amrita, and two sons, Shambhu and Manooj. As the Pal are unable to repay the loan they had ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Max Lowe
... Hazari Pal
... Joan Bethel
... Kamla H. Pal
... Amrita H. Pal
Santu Chowdhury ... Shambu H. Pal
Imran Badsah Khan ... Manooj H. Pal
... Ashok Ghatak
Nabil Shaban ... Anouar
Debatosh Ghosh ... Ram Chander
Suneeta Sengupta ... Poomina
Mansi Upadhyay ... Meeta
Shyamanand Jalan ... Ghatak - Godfather
Shyamal Sengupta ... Gangooly - Con man
... Chomotkar
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Hazari Pal lives in a small village in Bihar, India, with his dad, mom, wife, Kamla, daughter, Amrita, and two sons, Shambhu and Manooj. As the Pal are unable to repay the loan they had taken years ago from a moneylender, their land and property are auctioned, and they are rendered homeless. Hazari and his family re-locate to Calcutta with hopes of starting life anew, save some money and go back to Bihar, as well as get Amrita married. Things do not go as planned, as they lose their entire savings to a con-man, Gangooly, who took their money as rent by pretending to be a landlord. Then Hazari gets an opportunity to take up driving a rickshaw manually through a local godfather, Ghatak. He gets to meet a American, Dr. Max Lowe, and together they strike up a friendship along with a local social worker, Joan Bethel. Misunderstandings crop up between Joan and the Godfather, resulting in the shutting down of their shanty medical clinic. When Hazari sides with Joan, his rickshaw is taken ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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True heroism lies in the quality of the struggle. See more »

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

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Also Known As:

La ciudad de la alegría  »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,405,890, 15 April 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,683,921
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At 1:51 the poster at the wall is "Theodore Gericault Raft of the Medusa". See more »

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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 »

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Hasari Pal: All that is not given is lost.
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Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

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Original folk score
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only a father will understand
5 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

A movie that will carry you to a new place & a new culture you will carry your tears, anger & hope along till the end watching it. The smell of the Indian dust, The pain of the people, The discrepancy between even the poor, A story about a man running to provide the food for his family beside saving money to marry his daughter. A lot of high temper feelings & emotions, you cant stop your eyes from falling. beside talking about the unjust of human beens in isolating a group of innocent people who their fault is that they are not born in complete bodies, the white man in the story who is a doctor failed in the medicine job in his country and ran to India where he found his real soul also show us how we sometimes see the world from one view while it can be seen from a better view, I don't understand why it wasn't dominated for an Oscar. excuse my English & thanks for reading my view.


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