MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 468 this week

Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

 -  Drama  -  1 April 1988 (USA)
5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 5,076 users  
Reviews: 34 user | 24 critic

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:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 21 Jun 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 27 Jun 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 
a list of 39 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

Bright Lights, Big City (1988) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bright Lights, Big City.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Light of Day (1987)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The siblings Patty and Joe live in an industrial suburb. While Patty's ambition is their rock band "The Barbusters" only, Joe also cares for the family and the upbringing of Patty's young ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schrader
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Gena Rowlands, Joan Jett
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1927, in Kingdom County, Vermont, a large dam is to be built; however, Noel Lord, a logger and cedar-oil harvester, won't give up his lifetime lease on land that will be flooded. The dam... See full summary »

Director: Jay Craven
Stars: Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, Bill Raymond
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan
The Hard Way (1991)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An action film star researching a role is allowed to tag along with a hardboiled New York cop, who finds him superficial and irritating.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Michael J. Fox, James Woods, Stephen Lang
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Doug is a young man who works all day as a concierge at a luxurious hotel, saving money to make his own business. Unfortunately, when he finds the financial supporter he needs, he discovers... See full summary »

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Gabrielle Anwar, Anthony Higgins
Coldblooded (1995)
Action | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Cosmo, an affectless mob bookie who lives in the basement of a retirement home, is promoted to hitman. He learns his new trade from Steve, a seasoned killer. He falls in love with a yoga ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Wolodarsky
Stars: Jason Priestley, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Peter Riegert
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth, will move to Butte, MT, which he's read is "the city of the future." "I read ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Steinberg
Stars: Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Tim Roth
Doc Hollywood (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young doctor causes a traffic accident in a small town and is sentenced to work for some days at the town hospital.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Julie Warner, Barnard Hughes
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Jim is soon to be married to Patty, but when he wakes up after a bachelor party thrown by his friends, he finds an injured angel in his pool. When Patty sees her, she thinks he's seeing ... See full summary »

Director: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Phoebe Cates, Emmanuelle Béart, Michael E. Knight
Crazy Moon (1987)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A rich but slightly odd teenager has various adventures with his older brother who leads him astray. One day whilst stealing a mannequin from a clothes store he meets a deaf girl who works ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Eastman
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Vanessa Vaughan, Peter Spence
Perfect (1985)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A female aerobics instructor meets a male reporter doing a story on health clubs, but it isn't love at first sight.

Director: James Bridges
Stars: John Travolta, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ramey Ellis
Greedy (1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Uncle Joe is ageing. He's also a millionaire. That's why his family is trying so very hard to get into his good books. They all want a piece of his empire. Unfortunately Uncle Joe isn't as ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Kirk Douglas, Nancy Travis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Amanda
...
Megan
...
Clara
...
Vicky
...
Mr. Vogel
...
Michael
David Warrilow ...
Rittenhouse
...
Mother
...
Yasu Wade
...
Ferret Man
Gina Belafonte ...
Kathy
...
Rich Vanier
Bernard Zette ...
Stevie (as Zette)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's 6.00am. Do you know where you are? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Mil Luzes de Nova Iorque  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,118,077 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The nick-name for cocaine was "The Bolivian Marching Powder". 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

Ferret Man: Wanna buy a ferret?
Jamie Conway: No, thanks.
Ferret Man: His name is Fred...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Wired (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Kiss & Tell
Performed by Bryan Ferry
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Virgin Records Limited
Produced by Patrick Leonard, Chester Kamen & Bryan Ferry
Words & Music by Bryan Ferry
From the album "Bete Noire" (1988)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Better than you might think
16 July 2002 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

I remember the ads for this film on TV when it came out, and it seemed appealing to me then, even though I did not see it until recently on video. I must say this is not a bad film by any means, and has quite a bit to say about the struggles of young adults trying to "find their place" in the world. It seems to me to be sort of the father of "Trainspotting" in several ways (drugs, youth struggling with identity in society, narration, etc.), although not nearly as elaborately produced, there are some pretty decent elements of style incorporated some of which work well, some not so well.

Frankly I was surprised this was a Hollywood picture. The subject matter is not something that one would think people would flock to see, but maybe the producers thought it might be a new kind of "Breakfast Club" type film. Who knows, but it was an interesting risk that didn't pan out, as I do not recall this being a very successful film at the box office, but I admire the attempt at bringing it to a wide audience.

Some of the scenes seem a bit awkward, like the opening of the film at the former, great, NYC club, The Paladium, and the ferrit scene towards the end, and the confrontations with Pheobe Kates. However one has to wonder if this was intentional, because of the film makers' apparent desire to show that in "reality" things are not always so comfortable.

Overall a film worth one's time, if you keep your mind open a little bit. This is not Hollywood fluff, but it isn't a Lions Gate release either. I think Michael J Fox also deserves a lot of credit for doing "Bright Lights, Bit City" because this was the height of his career and to take on such a risk and a challenging as an actor should be commended. The movie is a pretty good attempt at handling a subject that is a reality for many youth. I think this audience is the one who would have most use out of such a film so if you fit in that category, it's worth your time.


16 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Great Acting and Movie, But Needed One Edit denise1234
What's up with the low rating?? barrs6
heart breaking ton_tongue_toffee
book, anyone? readbaby2000
Couldn't finish it. matthewcs25
The ending stanlee666
Discuss Bright Lights, Big City (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?