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City of Joy (1992)

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Release Date
• USA: Apr 15, 1992
DVD Release Date
• R1: Apr 6, 2004

Budget USD 27,000,000

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Running Time
2 hours, 12 minutes

Country France, UK, USA

Studio Lightmotive Productions, TriStar

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Genre: Drama, Gangsters, Doctor, Prostitution

Tagline: He was a man who couldn't care less... until he met a man who couldn't care more.

Plot: Set against the breathtaking beauty and horrifying poverty of Calcutta, India, CITY OF JOY follows American doctor Max Lowe (Patrick Swayze), who abandons his calling as a physician, and travels to India to search for meaning in his life. Attacked and robbed upon his arrival, he is taken to Joan (Pauline Collins), an Irish nun struggling to provide basic medical care for Calcutta's most overcrowded and impoverished slum, where the rich Godfather (Shyamanand Jalan) controls the rent and livelihood of the many families struggling to survive. Hasari Pal (Om Puri) and his family are new to the city and struggling to make enough money to survive. Shocked by the poverty surrounding him, Max refuses to be a bystander to the suffering, befriending Hasari and helping Joan to open a new clinic. A moving and electrifying portrait of poverty and repression being overcome by support and faith, Roland Joffé's CITY OF JOY features stunning footage of Calcutta and its citizens.

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 Directed by
 Written by
Dominique LaPierre
Is Paris Burning?
Mark Medoff
Children of a Lesser God, Off Beat, Apology
Patrick Swayze
Donnie Darko, Ghost, Dirty Dancing
Om Puri
The Ghost and the Darkness, Wolf, East Is East
Pauline Collins
Shirley Valentine, Paradise Road, Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War
Shabana Azmi
Son of the Pink Panther, Fire, Madame Sousatzka
Ayesha Dharker
Arabian Nights, The Terrorist, Anita and Me
 Music By
Ennio Morricone
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Untouchables, Once Upon a Time in America

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