Michael J. Fox plays the most sympathetic cocaine addict you've ever seen in the movie of Jay McInerney's popular novel Bright Lights, Big City, the book that famously chronicled the coke- and cash-fueled era of the 1980s. Jamie Conway (Fox) works as a fact-checker for a major New York magazine, but because he spends his nights partying with his glib best friend (Kiefer Sutherland), he's on the verge of getting fired. His wife, a fast-rising model (Phoebe Cates), just left him; he's still reeling from the death of his mother (Dianne Wiest) a year earlier; and he's obsessed with a tabloid story about a pregnant woman in a coma. Bright Lights, Big City doesn't have much of a plot, but in its meandering way it captures some of the glossy chaos of the time and of a man desperately trying to escape the pain in his life. --Bret Fetzer

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Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

R

Drama · 1h 47m · 4/1/1988

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Michael J. Fox plays the most sympathetic cocaine addict you've ever seen in the movie of Jay McInerney's popular novel Bright Lights, Big City, the book that famously chronicled the coke- and cash-fueled era of the 1980s. Jamie Conway (Fox) works as a fact-checker for a major New York magazine, but because he spends his nights partying with his glib best friend (Kiefer Sutherland), he's on the verge of getting fired. His wife, a fast-rising model (Phoebe Cates), just left him; he's still reeling from the death of his mother (Dianne Wiest) a year earlier; and he's obsessed with a tabloid story about a pregnant woman in a coma. Bright Lights, Big City doesn't have much of a plot, but in its meandering way it captures some of the glossy chaos of the time and of a man desperately trying to escape the pain in his life. --Bret Fetzer

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Status

Released

Language

English

Budget

$25,000,000

Revenue

$16,118,077
Cast
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William Hickey

Ferret Man
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Gina Belafonte

Kathy
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Sam Robards

Rich Vanier
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Bernard Zette

Stevie (as Zette)
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Marika Blossfeldt

Bald Girl
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Jessica Lundy

Theresa
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Kelly Lynch

Elaine
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Peter Boyden

Maitre d'
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Annabelle Gurwitch

Barbara
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Russell Horton

Walter Tyler
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Maria Pitillo

Pony Tail Girl
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Susan Traylor

Leather Lady
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Michael Fischetti

Mannequin Craftsman
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Harvey Waldman

Deli Man
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David Hyde Pierce

Bartender at Fashion Show
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Jim Babchak

Bartender at Disco
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Peg Murray

Receptionist
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Barbara Rucker

Elegant Lady
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Pat Santino

Security Guard
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Mike Bacarella

Bakery Man
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Josie Bell

Runway Model
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Anne Bezamat

Runway Model
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Alva Chinn

Runway Model
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Dianne De Witt

Runway Model (as Dianne de Witt)
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Nathalie Gabrielli

Runway Model
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Jennifer Houser

Runway Model
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Lynn Howland

Runway Model
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Sheila Johnson

Runway Model
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Melanie Landestoy

Runway Model
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Marisol Massey

Runway Model
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Andrea Sande

Runway Model (as Andréa Sande)
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Malio

Runway Model (as Maud)
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Maria von Hartz

Runway Model
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Joko Zohrer

Runway Model
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Marvin Braverman

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Thomas Brunelle

Additional Voices (voice) (as Tom Brunelle)
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Leigh French

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Nicholas Guest

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Fred Newman

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Luisa Leschin

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Andrew Masset

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Anna Mathias

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Tracy Newman

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Reni Santoni

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Wendy Schaal

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Jonathan Stark

Additional Voices (voice)
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Arnold F. Turner

Additional Voices (voice) (as Arnold Turner)
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Claudette Wells

Additional Voices (voice)
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Edward Burke

Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Elana Cooper

Dancing Club Girl (uncredited)
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Wayne Keeley

Bartender (uncredited)
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Dave Knapp

Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Gary McNerney

Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Antony Platt

Press Photographer-Fashion Show (uncredited)
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Jason Robards

Drunken Writer - Mr. Hardy (uncredited)
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Rick Shaw

Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Anthony Welch

Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Dondré T. Whitfield

Brian Jones (uncredited)
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Michael J. Fox

Jamie
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Kiefer Sutherland

Tad
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Phoebe Cates

Amanda
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Swoosie Kurtz

Megan
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Frances Sternhagen

Clara
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Tracy Pollan

Vicky
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John Houseman

Mr. Vogel
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Charlie Schlatter

Michael
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David Warrilow

Rittenhouse
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Dianne Wiest

Mother
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Alec Mapa

Yasu Wade
Crew
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James Bridges

Director
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Bright Lights, Big City

(DVD)

8/5/2003

Disc Title Front Cover

Bright Lights, Big City

(DVD)

9/2/2008

Disc Title Front Cover

Bright Lights, Big City

(DVD)

Disc Title Front Cover

Bright Lights, Big City

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

11/20/2018

$20.82 -$4.13 (17%)

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