Bright Lights Big City-20th Anniversary Ed

Directed By: James Bridges Starring: Michael J. Fox Phoebe Cates

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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.


Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 207553206
UPC 883904111504
UPC 14 00883904111504
Format DVD
Release Date 9/2/2008
Rating Rating
Big City
Family Interaction
Substance Abuse
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
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
Variety "...Kurtz is endearing..." 03/30/1988
James Bridges
Michael J. Fox
Phoebe Cates
Cast & Crew
David Hyde Pierce - Actor
Dianne Wiest - Actor
Donald Fagen - Original Music By
Frances Sternhagen - Actor
George Berndt - Editor
Gerald R. Molen - Executive Producer
Gordon Willis - Cinematographer
James Bridges - Director
Jay McInerney - Writer
John Bloom - Editor
Kelly Lynch - Actor
Kiefer Sutherland - Actor
Michael J. Fox - Actor
Phoebe Cates - Actor
Santo Loquasto - Production Designer
Swoosie Kurtz - Actor
Sydney Pollack - Producer
Tom Warren - Art Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1988
Catalog ID 111150
UPC 00883904111504
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 107 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Nominee (1989) Grammy, Donald Fagen, Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Actor Fox,Michael J.
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Cole Smithey, Pure '80s rock 'n' roll fun from start to finish.
Scott Weinberg, Not unlike its cousin, "Less Than Zero," this one's slick, well-acted, surface-deep, and enjoyably disturbing.

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