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Format: DVD
Sku: 207553206
UPC: 883904111504
UPC 14: 00883904111504
Rating: Game Rating Code
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All That Glitters is Not Gold.
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.

"Pure '80s rock 'n' roll fun from start to finish.  Cole Smithey,
"Not unlike its cousin, "Less Than Zero," this one's slick, well-acted, surface-deep, and enjoyably disturbing.  Scott Weinberg,

Editor's Note
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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Mgm Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/2/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 107 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1988
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 111150
Video UPC UPC: 00883904111504
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English Dubbed, English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info David Hyde Pierce
Video Cast Info Dianne Wiest
Video Cast Info Frances Sternhagen
Video Cast Info Kelly Lynch
Video Cast Info Kiefer Sutherland
Video Cast Info Michael J. Fox
Video Cast Info Phoebe Cates
Video Cast Info Swoosie Kurtz
Video Cast Info Donald Fagen - Original Music By
Video Cast Info George Berndt - Editor
Video Cast Info Gerald R. Molen - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Gordon Willis - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info James Bridges - Director
Video Cast Info Jay McInerney - Writer
Video Cast Info John Bloom - Editor
Video Cast Info Santo Loquasto - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Sydney Pollack - Producer
Video Cast Info Tom Warren - Art Director
Plot Summary
This film is based on Jay McInerney's second-person novel about a would-be young writer who, haunted by his mother's death, his wife's desertion, and his boring research job at a magazine, succumbs to booze, cocaine, and the late-night New York club scene.


Nominee (1989)
   Video Award Name Grammy, Donald Fagen, Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...It does go a long way toward bringing the book to life....The fundamental decency of BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY emerges as the film's signal quality..." 04/01/1988 p.C22

"...Kurtz is endearing..." 03/30/1988

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
What does cocaine make you feel like? It makes you feel like having some more cocaine. - George Carlin And that is what Jamie Conway feels like, all day, every day. The chasm between his professional existence and his private life is laughable, and it's growing impossible to keep up the charade that he even cares about the things he's supposed to be doing. He works for a high-powered New York magazine, and the only two things that keep him on the job are guilt and the need for money. He needs the money because he puts it into his nose. He needs the guilt because it's his only link to his ambitions..."Bright Lights, Big City" is the record of Jamie's search for the bottom. It takes place over the course of a week or so, a chaotic week in which people, events and even whole days drift in and out of focus..."Bright Lights, Big City" is a "Lost Weekend" for the 1980s, a chronicle of wasted days and misplaced nights. It was directed by James Bridges, whose "Urban Cowboy" was in many ways an earlier version of the same story. Fox is very good in the central role (he has a long drunken monologue that is the best thing he has ever done in a movie). To his credit, he never seems to be having fun as he journeys through club land. Few do, for long. If you know someone like Jamie, take him to this movie, and don't let him go to the john. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Fox,Michael J.
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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