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Bright Lights, Big City (Special Edition) (1988)

Michael J. Fox , Kiefer Sutherland , James Bridges  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Gina Belafonte, Josie Bell
  • Directors: James Bridges
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015RRN9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bright Lights, Big City (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Michael J. Fox ("Spin City," Back to the Future) just "couldn't be better" (L.A. Daily News) in this "wildly effective [and] truly powerful picture" (David Sheehan, NBC-TV)! Co-starringKiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Dianne Wiest and Swoosie Kurtz, and featuring a pulsating soundtrack from New Order, Depeche Mode and Prince, this "chronicle of wasted days and misplaced nights" (Roger Ebert) is a must-see! Jamie Conway (Fox) is an aspiring writer who trades the wheat fields of Kansas for the imposing skyline of Manhattanand the seductive party culture hidden within.When Jamie hits the club scene to enliven his nights and deaden his pain, he takes it to the limit until the limit threatens to take away everything and everyone he's ever loved.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film of Michael J. Fox's career!! February 15, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
To me, "Bright Lights, Big City" is a brilliant, well-made film because it talks about Michael's character being dumped by his wife (Phoebe Cates) and how he falls in love with the seductive nightlife that the Big Apple has to offer and going on an alcohol/cocaine binge. It tells the story of one man's journey to discover himself and confront his inner demons before they literally destroy him forever. I don't know if anybody knows this, but "Bright Lights, Big City" is also where Michael J. Fox met his future wife, Tracy Pollan, who also stars in the film. I was at a store one day, and I saw "Bright Lights..." on sale, and it was just too sweet of an opportunity to pass up, so I bought it, and every time I look at the movie, it keeps getting better and better. The soundtrack was exceptional, and kudos to Donald Fagen for the song at the end of the film, "Century's End", also when he sang "Bright Lights, Big City" too. But anyway, all I have to say is that "Bright Lights, Big City" has an excellent supporting cast, including Kiefer Sutherland and Dianne Wiest. Michael J. Fox has never been better in "Bright Lights, Big City"!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful film about the nightlife August 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Bright Lights, Big City is a powerful film about how the seductive nightlife swallows one man up in a current of cocaine and liquor.
Jamie Connaway is a small town guy who heads to the big city of New York to find succes. He gets a job at a stuffy magazine that is specific about facts. His boss, Claire, is the type of woman who walks around without expressions on her face and purposely slams her high heels down when she walks. Jamie is often helped out at work by a woman from the same office who seems to feel for him.
His boring days lead to nights full of nightclubs, cocaine, and booze. He goes out every night with his buddy Alagash. Alagash is a yuppie who goes around telling people that Jamie's wife is dead even though she really left Jamie. Alagash seems to feel for Jamie's wife leaving Jamie but looks at it as more of a joke. We really do not see why there is a friendship between Alagash and Jamie besides the fact that they both love booze and drugs.
That's what BLBC is all about. It follows Jamie through about a week or so of craziness until he finally has a little to much coke and begins bleeding one night at a party. He then decides that his life is going nowhere and that he needs to start over.
The film along with the book is excellent. The adaption, from book to screen, is well done. I also highly reccomend the book wich has a great narrative style.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can somebody actually review the DVD??? May 25, 2010
Format:DVD
Is anyone aware of any bonus features on this product? Audio commentary or featurettes. Isn't the intention to REVIEW the PRODUCT being lost here???
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie with an Excellent Sound Track May 22, 2000
By adam m
Format:VHS Tape
Even if you do not get the storyline, how can you not like the music? This is like the ultra eighties music track. And I thought the story line was excellent. This movie is about an innocent guy, nice guy, who is trying to make the best of a life that should have been more. If you do not like this movie than you must not have a heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally?? April 11, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Could this finally be a WIDESCREEN VERSION??!! I hope so! This is a classic movie that's sadly only been available in cropped full screen format.

** Time to celebrate! I just read somewhere that this will be a 20 year anniversary release! **
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The city should have been darker... July 24, 2013
Format:DVD
I love the fact that Tom Cruise passed on this, solely because I didn't know that while I was watching the film and the whole time I kept thinking that Michael J. Fox reminded me of a young Tom Cruise. His mannerisms, charisma, delivery; everything just felt very much like 80's Tom Cruise. That is not a bad thing. Think what you will of Mr. Cruise, but he certainly draws in your eye.

Jay McInerney broke out in the 80's as one of those young, tortured writers who exploited his own vices through the printed page. He was friends with Bret Easton Ellis (that should say a lot) and so his books were met with the same amount of intrigue and caution. He just went for it. I have not read `Bright Lights, Big City', but I have a feeling that this big screen adaptation is a lot lighter in tone and is cushioned so as not to be too forthright. Look at what they did to Ellis's own `Less Than Zero' the year before. Gutted it and made it a Lifetime movie. `Bright Lights, Big City' feels like it is mellowed out. Still, there is some great moments here (`Less Than Zero' had a few itself) and so it shouldn't be avoided altogether, despite many considering it forgettable entertainment.

The cast is rather impressive. Michael J. Fox makes the most of a mature role and really nails some vital scenes (his longwinded drunk rant about his wife is perfection) and his narration (which bookends the film) is spot on. The film is stolen by Kiefer Sutherland though. His arrogant, self-centered yet manipulative best friend Tad is a sensational scene stealer, especially in the film's earlier moments. He slides through his dialog with ease and never once flinches an acting muscle. He just IS.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not all books were meant to be movies!
This movie is an excellent case in point. A great book (I thought) turned out to be a mediocre movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew R. Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cautionary tale
This movie illustrates the sad fact of drug abuse and all the damage that is done.

Tracy Pollan is sweet in it as the love interest. Read more
Published 8 months ago by marriagecoach1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Anybody who has lost themselves in the lifestyle of drugs & partying can relate to this movie. Micheal J Fox performance was phenomenal
Published 12 months ago by Bridget Durgin
2.0 out of 5 stars Whites lines
Stripped of the author's light, spicy prose, and left with just the thin story and some arch dialogue, Jay McInerney's go-go 80's New York novelette falls flat. Read more
Published on May 8, 2011 by Clare Quilty
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the book, Movie is okay
Movie duplicates almost every scene from the book masterfully. Unfortunately, Michael J Fox as the coke snorting, party, magazine editor lead character is horrible. Read more
Published on October 16, 2002 by A. Catalano
3.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible; worth it for Fox
Over the space of three years, the reviled triumvirate of hot young (no longer young, these days) '80s New York novelists - Tama Janowitz ("Slaves of New York"), Bret... Read more
Published on July 27, 2000 by linus
2.0 out of 5 stars This movie will keep you sober
The first time I saw "Bright Lights, Big City" was when I was pretty young and knew nothing about drugs. I also only saw Michael J. Read more
Published on June 20, 2000 by JOHNNY
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull
it was only Average at the time of it's release.Michael J Fox was Pretty good in this film but the film goes no where.forgettable on a whole.
Published on March 6, 2000 by mistermaxxx08
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