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

Michael J. Fox , Kiefer Sutherland , James Bridges  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 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: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015RRN9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A COKEHEAD September 1, 2004
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Having lived through the cocaine 80's, I can assure you this flick hits the nail on the head. Forget about getting up and going to work tomorrow, where's the party? Humorous, compelling, and sad, with a marvelously redemptive ending. I'm not a big fan of Michael J. Fox, but I have to say this is the biggest role, in a small film, of his entire career. Forget TEENWOLF, this is great acting. Especially compelling is his soliloquy as he reassesses his marriage while he's swinging around a wine glass and bouncing off the walls of his living room. Great stuff. The funniest scene is when Sutherland is looking for coke in the dust of Fox's apartment and takes a freeze to the gums. Wow. Been there, done that.

If you think the book was better than the movie, think again. The screenplay was written by the author, Jay McInerney. So it actually resembles the novel. Nice job.

And those of you who think this is a stretch for Fox, think again. Michael had his own coke problem which is what drew him to this role in the first place. Great job, Michael. I think this the most mature performance of your career. Best of luck to you, brother. Sutherland is great too.

And yes, I'm in total agreement with previous reviewers, this begs to be rereleased in widescreen.

Don't be fooled by the lackluster reviews for this flick, it's one of the best films ever made about being lost in addiction. Hope this brings up the reviews a little. IT'S A WONDERFUL FILM.
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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
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I just finished watching 'Bright Lights, Big City' probably for the 5th or 6th time over the weekend. I actually have this movie on VHS cassette that I taped on HBO YEARS ago. Anyway, this movie still holds up after many viewings. I was a big Manhattan clubgoer from the late-80s to the mid-90s and this movie really captures that world pretty well. LOVE the beginning scenes at the now-gone-forever Palladium on East 14th Street (it was torn down to build dormitories for NYU). The movie superbly tells the story of a naive small-town young man (Jamie Conway, played brilliantly by Michael J. Fox) with dreams of being a modern-day 'F. Scott Fitz-Hemingway' (a phrase actually used in the movie) whose life is turned upside-down by the unexpected departure of his newlywed wife. She pursues her dreams to be a model at the expense of Jamie's heart. He drowns his sorrows in cocaine within the very-alluring Manhattan club life of the day (trust me - the Manhattan nightlife ain't what it used to be - the Golden Age is over). He is also dealing with the recent death of his mother to cancer and a very unfulfilling job. I love this movie because Jamie Conway could have been anyone - someone with big dreams who moves away from home to seek a better life and unwittingly has his dreams destroyed by users and backstabbers. Oh yeah, and the music is great too (Prince, Donald Fagen, Bryan Ferry, Narada Michael Walden). I highly, HIGHLY recommend this great 80s movie. (Word of warning, especially for NYC lovers....the long, endearing shot of the Twin Towers at the movie's end may bring a tear or two to your did to mine.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leave the past behind / Great drama film April 27, 2004
This is one of my favorite 80's films set in NYC night culture. Based on Jay McInery's classic novel. This movie I call the Less Than Zero of the east coast. Break out character for Michael J Fox. The story MJ Fox plays Jamie Conway a cocaine addicted journalist for a NY magazine who can't let go of the past. His character really struggles with letting go and adversity. Phoebe Cates plays his model wife who leaves him. He just recently lost his mother. The flashbacks really show how the past haunts him. He is struggling with cocaine addiction going out partying at NYC nightclubs. His life is spinning out of control. You can't help but feel sorry for his character. A film about one man's high expectations on himself without letting go of the past. Great soundtrack and NYC setting. Essential to collection, a great 80's NYC culture film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I agree - No Widescreen :( August 8, 2003
Great movie. I had it on VHS but wanted it for DVD. But, sadly, it was not released in Widescreen, and not having that option kind of bothers me about DVD releases.
Given all that, since I got the disk for free (at Best Buy they offered a free DVD from a small set if you bought The Sure Thing and Valley Girl together), I can live with this format (for now). Maybe they'll do a special edition some day (though I doubt it as it wasn't a high profile film). Sigh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
All the negative reviews here lead me to believe that people just don't get this film. It's not great by any stretch of the word, but it is good for what it is.
It paints a grim (but realistic) view of what life could be like in Manhattan if you were depressed, disillusioned, and had a cocaine habit.

The fact that this is probably the only film in existence with this much footage shot at the Palladium, NYC (which no longer exists), is worth the price of admission.

I also find it strange that nobody is commenting on the MUSIC!! The soundtrack is excellent, and propels the film very effictively.
How can you go wrong with Prince, Donald Fagen, New Order, & Bryan Ferry?

Good movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have start all over again
This movie is really strong, you can really feel the character Jamie (Michael J Fox) suffering in this. Left by his wife, heavy into drugs and drinking. He is in really bad shape. Read more
Published 2 months ago by N. Lindström
5.0 out of 5 stars nice to watch and love owning it
for someone who likes Keifer Southerland this is one of his movies, nice to watch and love owning it.
Published 2 months ago by manatee
3.0 out of 5 stars Cliche on a provincial-turned-New-Yorker
A lucky provincial made it to and got a job and good time in New York.

However, attraction to drugs kicked him out of all and, as mother of him is ill, he is of no need... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Kerjman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Scott P Stevenson
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 9 months ago by A.R.
3.0 out of 5 stars not one of the better movies out there
Michael J. Fox is a childhood favorite of mine, so it's a little surprising Bright Lights, Big City isn't that great of a movie. Read more
Published 10 months ago by B. E Jackson
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 14 months ago by marriagecoach1
3.0 out of 5 stars The city should have been darker...
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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Andrew Ellington
3.0 out of 5 stars Phoebe Cates makes it worth it
I liked the musical score in the film & the fashion show at the end & clothes by Oscar de la Renta
Published 17 months ago by Bonnie
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 19 months ago by Bridget Durgin
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