City of Joy (1992) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
6.0/ 10 (3026 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG-13 for scenes of brief strong violence

Production Company
Allied Filmmakers
Pricel [fr]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 15 April 1992
(Australia) - 28 May 1992
(Japan) - 30 May 1992
(Argentina) - 11 June 1992
(France) - 30 September 1992

Running Time

True heroism lies in the quality of the struggle. He was a man who couldn't care less... until he met a man who couldn't care more.

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Technical Support
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Ahmad, Sami as [Bartender] <37>
  2. Akhtar, Masood (I) as [Rassoul] <17>
  3. Banerjee, Debasish (I) as [Dr. Sunil's Assistant] <35>
  4. Banerjee, Satya as [Subash's Father] <45>
  5. Banerjee, Siv Sankar as [Goonda] <23>
  6. Banerjee, Sudip (I) as [Subash's Uncle] <49>
  7. Bhai, Chhotu as [Thug] <38>
  8. Chakaborty, Baroon as [Said] <16>
  9. Chatterjee, Saran as [Subash's Uncle] <47>
  10. Chowdhury, Santu as [Shambu H. Pal] <6>
  11. Dutt, Anjan as [Dr. Sunil] <34>
  12. Ghosh, Debatosh as [Ram Chander] <10>
  13. Ghosh, Paresh as [Subash's Uncle] <46>
  14. Iftekhar as [Hasari's Father] <51>
  15. Jalan, Chetna as [Court Judge] <27>
  16. Jalan, Shyamanand as [Ghatak - Godfather] <13>
  17. Jena, Chakradhar as [Mehboub] <25>
  18. Jhankal, Ravi as [Obstructing Policeman] <28>
  19. Khan, Imran Badsah as [Manooj H. Pal] <7>
  20. Malhotra, Pavan as [Ashish] <19>
  21. Malik, Art as [Ashok Ghatak] <8>
  22. Mitra, Rana as [Thug] <39>
  23. Mukherjee, Monu as [Waiter at Hamburger Bar] <41>
  24. Mukherjee, Sujan as [Subash] <44>
  25. Mukherjee, Sunil (I) as [Hotel Porter] <26>
  26. Nair, John as [Selima's Son] <42>
  27. Panda, Gouri Sankar as [Subash's Uncle] <48>
  28. Pathak, Sanjay (I) as [Shoba] <33>
  29. Puri, Om as [Hazari Pal] <2>
  30. Raichowdhury, Tamal as [Surya] <32>
  31. Ray, Debraj as [Binal] <29>
  32. Roy, Siddharth as [Thug] <40>
  33. Roychoudhury, Aloke as [Aristotle John] <22>
  34. Sengupta, Rudraprasad as [Chomotkar] <15>
  35. Sengupta, Shyamal (I) as [Gangooly - Con man] <14>
  36. Sensharma, Subrata as [Minister at Railway Station] <43>
  37. Shaban, Nabil as [Anouar] <9>
  38. Swayze, Patrick as [Max Lowe] <1>
  39. Upadhyay, Mansi (I) as [Meeta] <12>
  40. Wanamaker, Sam as (uncredited)
  41. Azmi, Shabana as [Kamla H. Pal] <4>
  42. Chaudhury, Kajal as [Hasari's Mother] <50>
  43. Chokshi, Charu Bala as (as Charubala Chokshi) [Binal's Wife] <30>
  44. Collins, Pauline as [Joan Bethel] <3>
  45. Datta, Aloknanda as [Schoolgirl's Mother] <24>
  46. Datta, Durba as [Margareta] <31>
  47. Dave, Dipti as [Schoolgirl] <21>
  48. Dharker, Ayesha as [Amrita H. Pal] <5>
  49. Malik, Keira Jane as [Young Patient (Houston)] <53>
  50. Mishra, Loveleen as [Shanta] <18>
  51. Mujumdar, Anashua as [Selima] <20>
  52. Sen, Chitra as [Angry Woman] <52>
  53. Sengupta, Suneeta as [Poomina] <11>
  54. Sengupta, Swatilekha as [Hotel Manageress] <36>


  1. Drama

Full Plot

Hazari Pal lives in a small village in Bihar, India, with his dad, mom, wife, Kamla, daughter, Amrita, and two sons, Shambhu and Manooj. As the Pal are unable to repay the loan they had taken years ago from a moneylender, their land and property are auctioned, and they are rendered homeless. Hazari and his family re-locate to Calcutta with hopes of starting life anew, save some money and go back to Bihar, as well as get Amrita married. Things do not go as planned, as they lose their entire savings to a con-man, Gangooly, who took their money as rent by pretending to be a landlord. Then Hazari gets an opportunity to take up driving a rickshaw manually through a local godfather, Ghatak. He gets to meet a American, Dr. Max Lowe, and together they strike up a friendship along with a local social worker, Joan Bethel. Misunderstandings crop up between Joan and the Godfather, resulting in the shutting down of their shanty medical clinic. When Hazari sides with Joan, his rickshaw is taken away. Things get worse when the Godfather passes away, leaving his estate to his way-ward son, Ashok Ghatak, who has plans to do away with the slums, especially the lepers who have now started frequenting the locality, Max, Joan and above all Hazari himself, and he is determined to take the "joy" of living in Calcutta. rAjOo ( Plot not found

Total Business

BT: USD 27,000,000 GR: USD 14,683,921 (USA) OW: USD 3,405,890 (USA) (15 April 1992) (842 screens)

Movie Certificate

12 (Iceland)
12 (UK)(original rating)
15 (South Korea)
15 (UK)(video rating)
M/12 (Portugal)
16 (Argentina)
M (Australia)
14 (Chile)
K-12 (Finland)
11 (Norway)
T (Spain)
11 (Sweden)
PG-13 (USA)
PG (Singapore)

Music Composers

  1. Morricone, Ennio


  1. Biziou, Peter

Dress Designers

  1. Moorcroft, Judy


AMLF [fr] - (1992) (France) (theatrical)
Alternative Films [be] - (1992) (Belgium) (theatrical)
Aquarius TV [gr] - (2005) (Greece) (DVD)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (Argentina) (video)
Fox Pathé Europa [fr] - (2000) (France) (theatrical)
Impuls Verleih [de] - (1992) (Germany) (theatrical)
Majestic Films International [gb] - (1992) (Non-USA) (all media)
TriStar Pictures [us] - (1992) (USA) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [ar] - (Argentina)
Warner Bros. [it] - (1992) (Italy) (theatrical)
Warner Sogefilms S.A. [es] - (1992) (Spain) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. de Luze, Hervé (uncredited)
  2. Hambling, Gerry


  1. Alameer, S.M. Ferozeuddin (assistant: Roland Joffé)
  2. Amir, Imtiaz (production assistant)
  3. Attoinese, Deborah (assistant: Roland Joffé)
  4. Banerji, Mohini (liaison officer: New Delhi)
  5. Barringer, Bill (I) (location manager)
  6. Beechinor, Sallie (production coordinator)
  7. Beuselinck, Oscar (production runner)
  8. Chaudhuri, Eleanor (production secretary)
  9. D'Silva, Clarence (production runner)
  10. Daing, Vijaya (unit doctor) (as Dr. Vijaya Daing)
  11. Gale, Robert (medical consultant) (as Dr. Robert Gale)
  12. Gangopadhyay, Sunil (cultural consultant)
  13. Hossain, Sheikh Nazret (police liaison)
  14. Johar, Yash (liaison officer: Bombay)
  15. Kennedy, Clayton (production runner)
  16. Kumath, Jayanth (location manager)
  17. Lindsay, Andrew (I) (catering supervisor)
  18. Litchfield, Claire (unit nurse)
  19. Lyons, Irene (assistant: Jake Eberts)
  20. MacKechnie, Donald (supervisor: Actors Workshops)
  21. Mawson, Sue (unit nurse)
  22. Medoff, Lawrence R. (medical consultant) (as Lawrence R. Medoff M.D.)
  23. Morrison, Richard (I) (title designer) (uncredited)
  24. Myron, Ben (executive: Lightmotive)
  25. Nixon, Gary (I) (location accountant) (uncredited)
  26. Noakes, Andrew (location accountant)
  27. Rambaut, Pat (script supervisor) (as Patricia Rambaut)
  28. Sengupta, Sunit (liaison officer: Calcutta)
  29. Stankovich, Emily (executive assistant to director) (uncredited)
  30. Tasker, Ann (unit publicist)
  31. Trehy, John (production accountant)
  32. Trehy, Kevin (assistant accountant)
  33. Waring, Charles (assistant accountant)
  34. Whalley, Tristan (international publicity coordinator)
  35. Whelan, John (I) (catering supervisor)
  36. Young, Ruth (III) (assistant to co-producer)


Hasari Pal: All that is not given is lost. Hasari Pal: If the journey is not what you expected, do not be surprised. Hasari Pal: Godfather has more eyes than a pineapple! Hasari Pal: The gods have not made it easy to be a human being. Max Lowe: No they haven't. But I guess that's why it feels so goddamn wonderful to beat the odds.

Other Titles

  1. La città della gioia (1992) (ENG)

  2. La cité de la joie (1992) (ENG)

  3. Stadt der Freude (1993) (ENG)

  4. Stadt der Freude (1993) (GER)

  5. Città della gioia, La (1992) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Calcutta, West Bengal, India
  2. India


- Among the problems that beset the production were fire-bombings, mass demonstrations, media criticism, accusations of murder, a skyrocketing budget that eventually settled at the $27 million mark, and Warner Brothers' 11th hour pullout that nearly bankrupted the producers.

- Indian writer 'Sunil Gandopadhyay' - a former collaborator of 'Satyajit Ray' (qv) - was brought on board to help with the script's authenticity. This also acted as a seal of approval for the Indian authorities who will only allow foreign productions to film on the continent if they contain significant Indian input.

- Beset with antagonism from politicians and inhabitants of Calcutta, director Roland Joffe approached India's leading director 'Satyajit Ray' (qv) to condone the production. Joffe tried four times to meet with Ray but he refused each time.

- Two assistant directors were accused of the murder of a local journalist who had worked for Ashok Dasgupta, editor of "Aaj Kal", one of the leading Indian newspapers. Dasgupta launched a series of personal attacks against the production, at one point even accusing Roland Joffe of making a porn film. Although it later transpired that the journalist in