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Lonely in America (1990)

The dreams and aspirations about America and life of Arun, a young Indian in his 20s, change as he struggles to fit into a new and alien culture. His strained relationship with his rigidly ... See full summary »


Barry Alexander Brown, Tirlok Malik (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Arun
Tirlok Malik Tirlok Malik ... Max
Adelaide Miller Adelaide Miller ... Faye
Robert Kessler Robert Kessler ... Jim
David Toney David Toney ... Duncan
Melissa Christopher ... Becky
Frank John Hughes ... Carlos (as Frankie Hughes)
Spike Lee ... Himself
Debbie Rochon ... Jenny, girl at museum
Adrienne Shelly ... Woman in Laundromat
Cee Cee Rider Cee Cee Rider ... Self-Help Class Instructor
Hettle Pastakia Hettle Pastakia ... Bride
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Forman ... Chip
Chander B. Malik Chander B. Malik ... Computer salesman
Ajay Mehta ... Confectionary shop owner


The dreams and aspirations about America and life of Arun, a young Indian in his 20s, change as he struggles to fit into a new and alien culture. His strained relationship with his rigidly traditional uncle, Max, further complicates his dilemma. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Release Date:

14 November 1991 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Em Busca do Paraíso See more »

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Apple Productions See more »
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Barry Alexander Brown was named best new director at the 1991 Palm Springs International Film Festival. See more »

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Some of the credits are shown as magazine coverlines, others on a subscription card, a lottery scratch card and, for the director credit, a trashy tabloid. The critic for 'Variety' wrote: "This may be the first time a non-industry audience applauded the credits". See more »

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I Just dont get it!
5 January 2001 | by jas_vdmSee all my reviews

I looked in the TV guide one saturday night and this film started at about 11.30pm. I had to wait up anyway, because I had to wait for a friend to leave for night-shift, so I decided to watch this film which I had never heard about. It came on, and it looked like it was going to be a comedy... I kept watching it, and I did not laugh once! But the thing is... it never really looked like that it was trying to be funny (even though it says the genre is comedy in this database). It is just a bunch of uninteresting stuff that happens to an indian in america, getting a job, moving in with someone... tell me, what is the point of this film? Nobody has heard of it, in the TV guide there is usually a review of all the films on during the week, but there was no information about this one... I look it up on this database, and there was not much info at all, no user comments, and there is just no info on this pointless film anywhere else in the world. It has no big name actors, it is very uninteresting, and it doesent even try to be funny or entertaining. Why did the network choose this film out of the thousands of others avaliable? What was the point of it? Nobody has seen or heard of it before, and I doubt if anyone would see it again in a thousand years. I just dont get it!

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