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Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

R | | Drama | 1 April 1988 (USA)
A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.

Director:

James Bridges

Writers:

Jay McInerney (novel), Jay McInerney (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Fox ... Jamie
Kiefer Sutherland ... Tad
Phoebe Cates ... Amanda
Swoosie Kurtz ... Megan
Frances Sternhagen ... Clara
Tracy Pollan ... Vicky
John Houseman ... Mr. Vogel
Charlie Schlatter ... Michael
David Warrilow David Warrilow ... Rittenhouse
Dianne Wiest ... Mother
Alec Mapa ... Yasu Wade
William Hickey ... Ferret Man
Gina Belafonte ... Kathy
Sam Robards ... Rich Vanier
Bernard Zette Bernard Zette ... Stevie (as Zette)
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Storyline

Jamie Conway (Michael J. Fox) is an aspiring writer and yuppie living in New York City who seeks oblivion in cocaine and the glittery nightclub scene as his life falls apart (his wife leaves him, his mother dies, etc.). With his hard-partying friend Tad Allagash (Kiefer Sutherland) tagging along with him during their nights out, Jamie finds it increasingly difficult to show up every day at his unfulfilling job as a fact checker for a literary Manhattan magazine. Written by Larry B.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's a long way from Kansas. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die grellen Lichter der Großstadt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,126,791, 3 April 1988

Gross USA:

$16,118,077

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,118,077
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The filmmakers shot two different endings, one where Jamie decides to start his life all over and an alternate one--to please the studio--in which he has finished writing a novel to be called "Bright Lights, Big City" with a new girlfriend, who is proud of what he has written. See more »

Goofs

During Jamie's story of his relationship with Amanda to Megan his wineglass goes from half-full to empty in less than two seconds, while he's speaking. See more »

Quotes

Stevie: He got blood on that column!
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Connections

Remade as Bright Lights, Big City See more »

Soundtracks

Bill
(Instrumental)
Performed by Oscar Peterson
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products
A Division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
Produced by Norman Granz
Words & Music by Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II, P.G. Wodehouse
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It frankly didn't age well
7 November 2018 | by labngSee all my reviews

I didn't like it originally and it's still a no. I didn't read the book, but I'm sure it was better or the movie wouldn't have been made. The biggest problem for me is Michael J. Fox. Not his acting chops. I just can't accept him as a seedy guy. Not then and most certainly not now. The more appropriate person was cast as his co-star. No problem seeing Kieffer Sutherland struggling with some demons. Plus this film just reminds me that even as a teenager of the eighties, I really don't have much fond nostalgia for them. And, this film makes a point of calling out many of its shortcomings.


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