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Bright Lights, Big City

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Plot

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.

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 5.4/10 (3,822 voted)

Director:
James Bridges

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates

Storyline
A young kid from Kansas moves to New York to work on a magazine. He gets caught up in the world of drink and drugs, and starts a steady decline. The only hope is the cousin of one of his drinking partners, can she pull him through it ?

Writers: Jay McInerney, Jay McInerney

Cast:

Michael J. Fox

Jamie Conway


Kiefer Sutherland

Tad Allagash


Phoebe Cates

Amanda


Swoosie Kurtz

Megan


Frances Sternhagen

Clara


Tracy Pollan

Vicky


John Houseman

Mr. Vogel


Charlie Schlatter

Michael


David Warrilow

Rittenhouse


Dianne Wiest

Mother


Alec Mapa

Yasu Wade


William Hickey

Ferret Man


Gina Belafonte

Kathy


Sam Robards

Rich Vanier


Bernard Zette

Stevie

(as Zette)

Taglines:
All that glitters is not gold.

Release Date: 1 April 1988

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,126,791
(USA)
(1 April 1988)
(1196 Screens)

Gross: $16,118,077
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

This film is based on the novel by Jay McInerney of the same name. The book was also an inspiration for a rock musical of the same name, which premiered in 1999 and later went on to be a studio album.

Goofs:

Continuity:
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.

Quotes:

Drunken Writer:
[rambling on aimlessly to himself]
… Siamese fighting fish in the water cooler… the old crew in the golden days of this magazine would have thought of it.



User Review

Not a bad movie at all

Rating:

Michael J. Fox does an admirable job in the lead role of this movie
adaptation of Jay McInerey's book. The plot concerns one man's downfall
over the period of a week, and how it all stems from his mother dying and
his wife leaving him. The movie follows the basic plot of the book with
few
changes. Overall a very decent movie, with a solid cast.