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Tras operar sin éxito a una niña para salvarle la vida, Max Lowe renuncia a su carrera médica. Una vez notificada su decisión a las autoridades del hospital norteamericano donde ha trabajado en los últimos años, Max Lowe viaja a Calcuta para buscarse a sí mismo.

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Brilliant and Uplifting Film 21 de febrero de 2005
Por G. Jennings - Publicado en
Formato: DVD Compra verificada
I've always been a fan of Patrick Swayze, and this is his best role to date. Om Puri, another brilliant actor, went from Indian movie star to International Superstar beautifully acting out the part of a humble yet dignified Rickshaw driver. And any movie that has Om Puri starring in it is sure to be a classic.

This is a wonderful tale about two separate lives who cross paths in the Calcutta slums. One is about Hasari Pal who moves his family from his village in search of work in the city to pay off the money-lenders and to make enough money for his daughter's marriage dowry. The other is about a disillusioned American surgeon, Max Lowe, who quits his practice after a patient dies on his operating table. He runs away to India for some soul searching.

The trip is no so easy affair when Max gets mugged and Hasari brings him to a free clinic being run by an Irish Nurse in the slums. While still trying to come to grips with his own demons, Max begins to involve himself with the clinic and its neighbors, soon coming face to face with the oppressive "godfather" of the community. Max encourages the neighbors to stand up for themeselves. Hasari, whose livlihood depends on the godfather, is reluctant to protest until events begin to spin out of control. Before long, a humble quiet rickshaw driver becomes the town hero.

What I like most about this movie is that Om Puri is the central character, not Patrick Swayze. It is almost too easy make the western foreigner save the day. Patrick Swayze does a brilliant job depicting this balance by allowing his character's hot-blooded, American nature to boil to the surface. In instances where Max is directly involved, the situation only becomes worse, and Max realizes his rough and tumble ways are only short-lived producing little effect. So Max inspires the townspeople to unite against the godfather, and they learn on their own that they can make a difference.

City of Joy has always been at the top of my list as one of my favorite films. A true treasure to watch.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas East and West don't mix that easily... 23 de mayo de 2001
Por Amazon Customer - Publicado en
Formato: Cinta VHS Compra verificada
I lived in Calcutta for a touch over two years not too terribly long before this film was shot there. Yes, I too occasionally took rickshaws, once even pulled the rickshaw wallah myself, thereby averting a disastrous hang-over. I did some shopping in Barrah Bazaar right near Howrah Bridge, etc. etc.
Yeah, there IS real poverty in Calcutta. And crowding beyond your wildest nightmares.
First, I found it ironic that the film company tore down the set once the film was done. It would have provided better living quarters than those of many people I personally knew in Calcutta.
Aside from that, yes Om Puri was great. And I think Art Malik, the nasty guy who's father was the "godfather," and who I first saw in "The Jewel in the Crown," superb series, was excellent too. And some of the other actors, lepers, etc., were outstanding, given their limited market. (Not a whole lot of lepers in other Patrick Swazey flims...errrrr, films....)
OK, it was a cute story. I've seen it now three times--so far--to remind me of the bizarre place I lived and of which I still occasionally have nightmares. But Swazey's lectures to Puri's character, "stand up and fight," was far, far more "Western" than I ran across in Calcutta. I don't want to bust anyone's multi-cultural bubble but that's simply fact.
So, for a Western audience it's credible. But in reality it's a fairy tale. "And they all lived happily ever after."
Yeah, I wish life worked that way. But it doesn't very often.
Kept in the fairy tale context, it's a cute story. But, again, if you get some time in Cal, say hi to some old friends of mine, but don't expect things to happen like they did in this film.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Beautiful, moving movie 19 de octubre de 2001
Por Un cliente - Publicado en
Formato: Cinta VHS Compra verificada
This movie has joined the select few on my "Very Favorite Movie" list. Om Puri's performance reaches right out through the screen and grabs you. I felt like I wanted to invite him over. I've watched it two times now (just caught it on TV) and I just have to own it. I have to agree with an earlier review that states this is Swayze's best performance. My favorite scene is when he first sees the 'little girl' when she returns home after being 'taught a lesson'. He definitely captures all the emotion of the moment. Maybe it is in the realm of fantasy, but this movie definitely makes me grateful for what I have and awakens the long-lost little girl who was always ready to fight for what was fair and right. Could've done without the blasphemies and strong language--only reason I wouldn't give it 5 stars. Great Movie!!!
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas CIty of Joy 9 de marzo de 2007
Por Sannyasi Trinetra - Publicado en
Formato: DVD Compra verificada
I first saw this film nearly fifteen years ago and it really made an impact then. Having time change my experiences and having found myself involved in yoga and eastern philosophy, I now see that this film hits home on many levels. From making you appreciate what you have, to understanding the value of service to others, from the human spirit and to faith in the universe and personal growth. This film has it all.

I'll take it out and watch it again, every time I get caught up in worrying about what I don't have and the illusion we get caught up in, in our materialistic world. Check it out !!
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas not for kids, but good movie 29 de julio de 2016
Por K K Danna - Publicado en
Formato: DVD Compra verificada
This is a good movie but tough to handle sometimes. Has a very good message.

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