Part of our tribute to Mark Medoff, City of Joy is a heart-wrenching, inspirational film based on Dominique Lapierre’s novel, adapted for the screen by Medoff. It stars Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), who was box-office gold at the time, as Max Lowe, a disillusioned Houston heart surgeon trying to find solace in Calcutta after a tragedy. Beaten and bleeding, he’s taken by a poor farmer (Om Puri) to the City of Joy, a refuge for the poor and sick. He is cajoled by the pushy woman who runs the clinic (Pauline Collins) to help out. The film received mixed reviews and failed at the box office, in part because Swayze’s swagger is out of place. But the earnestness of the other performers, Medoff’s ability to find the emotional buttons, and director Roland Joffe’s (The Killing Fields) ability to push them help make up for it.