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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jamie
... Tad
... 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)
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Storyline

Jamie Conway (Michael J. Fox) is an aspiring writer and yuppie living in New York City who seeks oblivion in cocaine and the glittery nightclub scene as his life falls apart (his wife leaves him, his mother dies, etc.). With his hard-partying friend Tad Allagash (Kiefer Sutherland) tagging along with him during their nights out, Jamie finds it increasingly difficult to show up every day at his unfulfilling job as a fast checker for a literary Manhattan magazine. Written by Larry B.

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1 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die grellen Lichter der Großstadt  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,126,791, 1 April 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,118,077
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was rumored that Joyce Chopra was indecisive, relying too much on consulting with James Glennon and Tom Cole, wasting time over a single shot. 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

Jamie Conway: [voice over] You are not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning and, though the details are fuzzy, you cannot say that the terrain is entirely unfamiliar.
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Soundtracks

Century's End
Performed by Donald Fagen
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Produced by Donald Fagen & Gary Katz
Words by Donald Fagen & Timothy Meher
Music by Donald Fagen
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Under-rated
11 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a good, although not great, movie that often gets a lower rating than it deserves. All the actors fill their roles perfectly, especially Keifer Sutherland. The problem is it occasionally tries to be funny (or something?), which doesn't mesh with the rest of the film. Two guys getting attacked by a ferret is not very funny anyhow, unless they are Bill Murray and Jim Carrey. Ignore the parts that try to be funny and you will find this movie much more enjoyable.


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