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Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

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Release Date
Apr 1, 1988 (USA)
DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 5, 2003

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Running Time
1 hour, 50 minutes

Country USA, Japan

Studio MGM, United Artists

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• Bright Lights, Big City

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Genre: Drama, Drugs, Urban

Plot: The film adaptation of Jay McInerney's best-selling novel stars Michael J. Fox as yuppie New Yorker Jamie Conway, an aspiring writer whose life has fallen apart: His mother (Dianne Wiest) has died, and his model wife (Phoebe Cates) has just left him. Nightly, Jamie seeks solace in cocaine, alcohol, and the glittery nightclub scene, becoming completely immersed in the decadence and debauchery of 1980s upwardly mobile Manhattan. With the help of his hard-partying debutante friend, Tad (Kiefer Sutherland), Jamie can barely see straight, making it increasingly difficult to make his way to his unfulfilling job as a fact checker at a downtown lifestyle magazine. As Jamie becomes more and more consumed with his nightly routine and his own severe depression, he is fired from his job and forced to make a choice: either continue his downward spiral or examine his life--and change it for the better. BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY is a moving drama that colorfully explores the vivid era that writer Jay McInerney helped to immortalize. Fox shines, especially in a long monologue that is fascinating to watch.

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 Directed by
James Bridges
The China Syndrome, Urban Cowboy, The Paper Chase
 Written by
Michael J. Fox
Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Mars Attacks!
Kiefer Sutherland
Stand by Me, A Few Good Men, Dark City
Phoebe Cates
Gremlins, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Swoosie Kurtz
Cruel Intentions, Liar Liar, Dangerous Liaisons
Tracy Pollan
A Stranger Among Us, Baby It's You, Promised Land
Dianne Wiest
Edward Scissorhands, The Birdcage, The Lost Boys
Sam Robards
American Beauty, Artificial Intelligence: AI, Life as a House
 Music By
Donald Fagen
Heavy Metal, You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat, Steely Dan's Two Against Nature

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