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City of Joy (movie)

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City of Joy
Directed byRoland Joffé
Screenplay byMark Medoff
Based onCity of Joy
by Dominique Lapierre
Produced byJake Eberts
Roland Joffé
CinematographyPeter Biziou
Edited byGerry Hambling
Music byEnnio Morricone
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
(United States)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • 15 April 1992 (1992-04-15)
Running time
132 minutes
United Kingdom
Budget$27 million
Box office$14,683,921

City of Joy is a 1992 French-British drama movie. It was directed by Roland Joffé. The screenplay is by Mark Medoff.

It is based on the novel by Dominique Lapierre. The story looks at the life in Indian slums.

Plot[change | change source]

Hasari Pal (Om Puri) is a rural farmer. He moves to Calcutta with his wife Kamla (Shabana Azmi) and three children. They seek a better life. They are cheated out of their rent money and thrown out on the streets. It is difficult for Hasari to find a job. The family refuses to give up. They find their place in the poverty-stricken city.

At the same time, Max Lowe (Patrick Swayze) arrives in Calcutta. He is a US surgeon. He is upset after the loss of a young patient. He seeks spiritual enlightenment. He encounters misfortune as soon as he arrives. He is tricked by a young prostitute. He is roughed up by thugs. He loses his documents and valuables.

Hasari comes to Max's aid. He takes the injured doctor to the "City of Joy". This is a slum area populated with lepers and poor people. This becomes their new home. Max spends a lot of time there. He does not want to become too involved with the residents because he is afraid of becoming emotionally attached to them. An Irish woman, Joan (Pauline Collins), runs the local clinic. She persuades Max to help.

Max begins to fit in with his fellow slum-dwellers. He becomes more optimistic. Ther people around him have much worse lives. Their hope give new strengths to the depressed doctor.

Cast[change | change source]

Reception[change | change source]

The movie was not a box office success.[1] The film grossed $14.7 million in the United States.[2][3]

The film received mixed reviews. It received a 56% 'rotten' rating on review site Rotten Tomatoes.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "No Easter Basket for Box Office : Movies: 'Basic Instinct' winds up in first place over the holiday weekend, but business so far this year is down about 9%". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  2. "City of Joy (1992)". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  3. "City of Joy".
  4. "City of Joy - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes.

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