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City of Joy (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 17 April 1992 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Roland Joffé

Writers:

Dominique Lapierre (book), Mark Medoff (screenplay)
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Cast

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, 15 April 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,683,921
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At 1:51 the poster at the wall is "Theodore Gericault Raft of the Medusa". 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: All that is not given is lost.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Original folk score
Richard Blackford
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only a father will understand
5 December 2007 | by knh69See 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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