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Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

R  |   |  Drama  |  1 April 1988 (USA)
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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.

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Mr. Vogel
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Kansas kid Jamie Conway got employed in Gotham Magazine by claiming himself "fluent in French" but actually he was a French amateur himself. Jamie was a drug addict himself due to his wife leaving him and go Paris for her fashion show but she did not find him when she came back to New York. Finally Jamie lost his job due to a French message 4 mistakes. Megan was worried about Jamie and comforted Jamie about Amanda's leaving. Conversely, Jamie's friend introduced Vicky to Jamie and finally Vicky replaced Amanda and become Jamie's best female friend. Jamie finally realized that life can be very optimistic, just depends on how you think about your life, and how you wish to decorate your life. Written by Kazuha

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

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1 April 1988 (USA)  »

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As Mil Luzes de Nova Iorque  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,118,077 (USA)
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Debut theatrical feature film of actor David Hyde Pierce. See more »

Goofs

When Jamie (Michael J. Fox) runs from his brother who's been waiting for him on Jamie's stoop, he enters the Christopher Street station of NYC's 1 train. But when the camera shows him on the subway platform he's actually at the 42nd Street/Times Square station. See more »

Quotes

Bartender at Fashion Show: Sorry, the bar is closed.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 20 February 2015 (2015) See more »

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Bright Lights, Big City
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Words & Music by Jimmy Reed
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17 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was fooled by comments here into watching this one. It is, in a sense, all flashback without an establishing context. We don't learn until the end that much of Fox's problem results from his mother's death. The other reason -- the 'divorce' -- is made much of but no context for that is established. So -- he drinks, snorts, and fails in his job as a fact-checker for a Vanity Fair type of magazine. And -- so what? The motivation seems just to be self-destruction, and that is not particularly interesting. I suppose the Robards character (like the coma baby) is a 'reflector' of the main character. But the Robards character seems actually to have had a life at some point in the distant past. What is he doing now? Is he still holding down a job? Why was Fox's character broke at some points yet affluent at others? Can anyone drink vodka all day, snort, and still function? His treatment of his brother was not only nasty, but unmotivated. What was the point of the ferret episode? The main character's equation of his friend and ex-wife at the end was incomprehensible. This is an incoherent ramble. No story. Tedious and radically un-involving.


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