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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.

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Vicky
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Mr. Vogel
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Michael
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Rich Vanier
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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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He's a long way from Kansas. See more »

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1 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die grellen Lichter der Großstadt  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,118,077 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second and final of two late 1980s movies where Michael J. Fox played a yuppie in New York City. The first movie had been the previous 1987 year's The Secret of My Succe$s (1987). 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

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.
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Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 20 February 2015 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Lovely To Look At
(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, Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh
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Fox was miscast
17 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are two things that went wrong with this film. First and foremost is that Michael J. Fox is totally miscast for his role. I can understand him wanting to break away from the Alex Keaton character on "Family Ties." But, although he tries, he simply isn't right as a coke-addled, anguished writer. And it knocks the whole film off-kilter. Another problem is that the story doesn't translate easily onto film. There are some compensations- great supporting cast, catchy theme song ("Kiss & Tell" by Bryan Ferry), and excellent use of New York City locations. But they weren't enough to make the film a success, and the disappointing returns at the box office bear this out.


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