City of Joy (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

City of Joy (1992)




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Tired of the politics that constantly interfere with his main goal of healing the sick, an American surgeon heads for a humble health clinic located in the horrendous slums of Calcutta, India in hopes of rediscovering the ideals and selfless goals that led him to practice medicine years before. This inspirational drama chronicles his experiences there. The plot is based on a book by Dominique Lapierre.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Dominique LaPierre, Mark Medoff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 6, 2004
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Om Puri
as Hasari
Pauline Collins
as Joan Bethel
Art Malik
as Ashoka
Debotosh Ghosh
as Ram Chander
Debtosh Ghosh
as Ram Chander
Shyamanand Jalan
as Godfather/Ghatak
Charu Bala Chokshi
as Binal's Wife
Dipti Dave
as Schoolgirl
Aloke Roychoudhury
as Aristotle John
Aloknanda Datta
as Schoolgirl's Mother
Sunil Mukherjee
as Hotel Porter
Chetna Jalan
as Court Judge
Ravi Jhankal
as Obstructing Policema...
Charubala Chokshi
as Binal's Wife
Durba Datta
as Margareta
Anjan Dutt
as Dr. Sunil
Debasish Banerjee
as Dr. Sunil's Assistan...
Swatilekha Sengupta
as Hotel Manageress
Sami Ahmad
as Bartender
Manu Mukherjee
as Waiter at Hamburger ...
John Nair
as Selima's Son
Subrata Sen Sharma
as Minister at Railway ...
Satya Banerjee
as Subash's Father
Paresh Ghosh
as Subash's Uncle
Saran Chatterjee
as Subash's Uncle
Gouri Sankar Panda
as Subash's Uncle
Sudip Banerjee
as Subash's Uncle
Kajal Chaudhury
as Hasari's Mother
as Hasari's Father
Chitra Sen
as Angry Woman
Keira Jane Malik
as Young Patient
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Critic Reviews for City of Joy

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | April 15, 1992
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for City of Joy

A fantastic depiction of the struggles of the Poor in Calcutta

Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer


Patrick Swayze's character and story are a bit contrived, but the film is saved by Om Puri's superb performance as a fearful farmer who becomes a hero.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

It is a rather predictable story, and I think the role is a little over the head of Patrick Swayze, but he does give it a good effort, Beautiful location filming in Calcutta, India and the cinematography is fine. Nicely developed characters, but they don?t always ring true. It?s also a little overlong, a little more editing would have helped.

James Higgins

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