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Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

 -  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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Clara
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Vicky
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Mr. Vogel
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Michael
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Yasu Wade
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Ferret Man
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Kathy
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Rich Vanier
Bernard Zette ...
Stevie (as Zette)
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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

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

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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)
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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

Tad Allagash: [reads paper in typewriter] Yeah! "Dead Amanda"! I told ya, you get more nookie than you can shake a fucking stick at if you just told people your wife was dead.
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(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, Oscar Hammerstein II, P.G. Wodehouse
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Actually Very Good
23 December 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Despite the lukewarm reviews this film is always given, it is actually quite good. It may not fare on the same level as more gritty, powerful 80's substance abuse films such as Less Than Zero or Clean And Sober but its very likeable. Yes, some of the scenes from the book don't actually survive their journey to the screen but even these scenes are charming and enjoyable...in an awkward sort of way. For instance, the coma baby. Who doesn't love the coma baby?!?! He's great. And so is Michael J. Fox in what is arguably his best role. He makes Jamie the handsome, vulnerable guy who really "wouldn't be at a place like this at this time of the morning." I can't say someone else couldn't have done it better but Fox pulls it off without trying to sneek around any drama with jokes like a lot of comedy-gone-drama actors try to do. His drunken dialogue in front of Swoozie Kurtz over dinner at her apartment is a genuinely great piece of acting. Keifer Sutherland is there to play Allagash and nobody could play Allagash like Sutherland plays Allagash. And the dialogue is great due to McInerney's wit and ear for the clever talk of the coked-up New York night people. I can't say too much for the directing but the talent here, no matter how misled, is undeniable.


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