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Bright Lights, Big City

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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)

James Bridges

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

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


Michael J. Fox

Jamie Conway

Kiefer Sutherland

Tad Allagash

Phoebe Cates


Swoosie Kurtz


Frances Sternhagen


Tracy Pollan


John Houseman

Mr. Vogel

Charlie Schlatter


David Warrilow


Dianne Wiest


Alec Mapa

Yasu Wade

William Hickey

Ferret Man

Gina Belafonte


Sam Robards

Rich Vanier

Bernard Zette


(as Zette)

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


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

Gross: $16,118,077

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


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.


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.


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


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
changes. Overall a very decent movie, with a solid cast.