Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

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Movie Info

An impressionable Kansas boy moves to New York to take a job at a major magazine. Before too long, he finds that he has succumbed to the evils of alcohol and drugs. His only real hope for redemption is with a female cousin of his drinking buddy.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jay McInerney, James Bridges
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 5, 2003
Runtime:
MGM Home Entertainment

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Cast


as Jamie Conway

as Tad Allagash

as Amanda

as Clara Tillinghast

as Mr. Vogel

as Alex Hardy

as Rittenhouse

as Mother

as Yasu Wade

as Ferret Man

as Rich Vanier

as Theresa

as Maitre d'

as Walter Tyler

as Waiter

as Ponytail Girl

as Leather Lady

as Mannequin Craftsman

as Policeman

as Bartender at Fashion...

as Bartender at Disco

as Bartender at Disco

as Receptionist

as Elegant Lady

as Security Guard

as Bakery Man

as Runway Model

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Critic Reviews for Bright Lights, Big City

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

Mr. Bridges may not have breathed fire into this material, but he has preserved most of its better qualities. He has treated it with intelligence, respect and no undue reverence, assembling a coherent film that resists any hint of exploitation.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie is like a Porsche outfitted with a lawn mower engine; there's not even enough juice to get the machine out of the driveway.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Along the gruesome road to self-discovery, Bright Lights offers some entertaining, episodic, danceable highlights.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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).

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 1, 1988
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bright Lights, Big City

A fantastic cast, and a heavy drama, this is a good movie, it's very 80s, I really enjoyed it, and I highly recommend it..

ajv2688
AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

A movie that will intrigue you and will pull you in and show you what its like to be a cocaine addict.

movieguru12
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

½

This left much to be desired. I think Michael was miscast, but the plot and dialogue wasn't that great either. Some books should not be made into movies.

ashleymh007
ashley hayes-beaty

Super Reviewer

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