City of Joy

City of Joy

Director: Roland Joffé Cast: Patrick Swayze, Pauline Collins, Om Puri
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City of Joy

In this drama, a wealthy American doctor learns some important lessons about life in one of the poorest cities on Earth. Max Lowe (Patrick Swayze) is a Houston surgeon who has grown weary of the bureaucracy of American medicine. When he loses a patient on the operating table, Max impulsively decides to leave America and travel to India in the hope of "finding himself." Not long after he arrives in Calcutta, Max is attacked by a group of thugs and left without money or a passport. However, a man named Hasari (Om Puri) comes to Max's rescue. Hasari had left his farming community to come to the city, only to be overwhelmed by its dirt, crime, and overcrowding. Despite their poverty, Hasari and his family take Max in and bring him to a medical clinic in the City of Joy, one of the poorest slums in the city. The clinic is run by Joan Bethel (Pauline Collins), an Irish-American nun who urges Max to use his skills to help the people of Calcutta who so desperately need it. Max signs on, and he finds that the experience changes his life. City of Joy was based on a novel by Dominique Lapierre.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2004
UPC: 0043396037052
Original Release: 1992
Rating: PG13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 2:15:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Swayze Max Lowe
Pauline Collins Joan Bethel
Om Puri Hasari Pal
Shabana Azmi Kamla Pal
Art Malik Ashoka
Ayesha Dharker Amrita Pal
Santu Chowdhury Shambu Pal
Imran Badsah Khan Manooj Pal
Nabil Shaban Anouar
Debotosh Ghosh Ram Chander
Shyamanand Jalan Godfather/Ghatak
Baroon Chakraborty Said
Priscilla John Actor
Sam Wanamaker Actor
Masood Akhtar Rassoul
Sunil Mukherjee Hotel Porter
Ravi Jhankal Obstructing Policeman
Charu Bala Chokshi Binal's Wife
Anjan Dutt Dr. Sunil
Subrata Sen Sharma Minister at Railway Station

Technical Credits
Roland Joffé Director,Producer
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Daniel Brisseau Sound/Sound Designer
Jake Eberts Producer
John Fenner Production Designer
Gerry Hambling Editor
Priscilla John Casting
Mark Medoff Screenwriter
Judy Moorcraft Costumes/Costume Designer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Rosalind Shingleton Set Decoration/Design
Iain Smith Co-producer
Roy Walker Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [6:43]
2. The Pal Family [6:44]
3. Dr. Max Lowe [10:28]
4. Welcome to the City of Joy [13:56]
5. Joan Bethel [19:44]
6. The Local "Godfather" [3:00]
7. The Razor's New Edge [6:07]
8. Hasari's New Rickshaw [7:43]
9. His Day in Court [12:50]
10. The Flood [11:31]
11. "No More Feet on Our Necks" [9:52]
12. His Daughter's Wedding [2:48]

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City of Joy 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is a story of a self-absorbed American doctor (Patrick Swayze) who finds himself by helping build -- and then protect -- a clinic in Calcutta run by an Irish nurse (Pauline Collins). The doctor's soul-searching is slightly less interesting than the India scene and the stories of the Indian characters -- when you come down to it, American angst seems small-minded when compared with a clinic being threatened by a brutal gang lord (Art Malik), a farmer who lost his farm to grapsing money-lenders (Om Puri), and a clever but crippled leper fighting for his human rights (Nabil Shaban). Hard-hitting drama, gorgeous Indian scenes, excellent acting, real issues, happy ending!