An American doctor, a British nurse and an illiterate Indian farmer join together to transform a Calcutta ghetto in this uplifting, inspirational movie starring Patrick Swayze and Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine).
In the best performance of a career, Swayze stars as Max Lowe, a disillusioned surgeon who travels to India after a young patient dies on the operating table. But Lowe's determination to quit medicine is challenged when he meets a committed British nurse who runs a free clinic in Calcutta's most dangerous neighborhood. And when her clinic - and the livelihood of her neighbors - is threatened by the brutal local "godfather," Max teaches the impoverished Indians the strength of their own unity. Beautifully filmed by the director of The Killing Fields and The Mission, City of Joy is "a masterpiece and a triumph! The Best Picture of the year." (Jim Whaley, Cinema Showcase)
Patrick Swayze as Max Lowe
Om Puri as Hasari Pal
Shabana Azmi as Kamla H. Pal
Ayesha Dharker as Amrita H. Pal
Pauline Collins as Joan Bethel