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Bright Lights, Big City (April 1. 1988)

Bright Lights, Big City French PosterBRIEF PLOT DESCRIPTION

Jamie Conway, an employee of a high-profile magazine, is a drug-addicted, ex-wife-obsessed, frustrated wrtier who can’t seem to get anything in his life to work right. No only can he not let go of the relationship he had with his wife, he also can’t let go of the pain he feels over the loss of his mother.

GENERAL FILM INFORMATION

SOURCE MATERIAL: Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
GENRE: Drama
SETTING: New York City, New York; USA
FILMING LOCATIONS: New York City, New York; USA
U.S. RELEASE DATE: April 1, 1988
RUNNING TIME: 107 minutes; 1 hour 47 minutes
RATING: R
OPENING WEEKEND GROSS: $5,126,791
TOTAL GROSS USA: $16,118,077

CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

WRITER: Jay McInerney
DIRECTOR: James Bridges
PRODUCER: Jack Larson, Sydney Pollack, Mark Rosenberg
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Gerald R. Molen
EDITOR: Geroge Berndt, John Bloom
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Gordon Willis
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Santo Loquasto, Thomas C. Warren, Geroge DeTitta Jr.
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Donald Fagen
ADDITIONAL ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Rob Mounsey
SPECIAL EFFECTS BY: James Matheny
MAKE-UP BY: Bernadette Mazur
HAIR STYLIST: Romaine Greene
COSTUME DESIGNER: Bernie Pollack
PRODUCTION COMPANY: CST Telecommunications, Mirage
DISTRIBUTOR: United Artist
ASPECT RATIO: 1:85:1

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CAST :: CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME

Jamie Conway…Michael J. Fox
Ted Aligash…Kiefer Sutherland
Amanda…Phoebe Cates
Megan…Swoosie Kurtz
Clara…Frances Sternhagen
Vicky…Tracy Pollan
Mr. Vogel…John Houseman
Michael…Charlie Schlatter
Rittenhouse…David Warrilow
Mother…Dianne Wiest
Yasu Wade…Alex Mapa
Ferret Man…William Hickey
Kathy…Gina Belefonte
Rich Vanier…Sam Robards
Stevie…Zette
Bad Girl…Marika Blossfeldt
Theresa…Jessica Lundy
Elaine…Kelly Lynch
Maitre ‘d…Peter Boyden
Barbara…Annabelle Gurwitch
Walter Tyler…Russell Horton
Pony Tail Girl…Maria Pitillo
Leathy Lady…Susan Traylor
mannequin Craftsman…Michael Fischetti
Deli Man…Harvey Waldman
Bartender at Fashion Show…David Hyde Pierce
Bartender at Disco…Jim Babchak
Receptionist…Peg Murray
Elegant Lady…Barbara Rucker
Security Guard…Pat Santino
Baker Man…Mike Bacarella
Runway Models…Josie Bell, Anne Bezamat, Alva Chinn, Dianne De Witt, Mathalie Gabrielli, Hennifer Houser, Lynn Howland, Sheila Johnson, Melanie Landestoy, Marisol Massey, Andrea Sande, Malio, Maria von Hartz, Joko Zohrer
Additional Voices…Marvin Braverman, Thomas Brunelle, Leigh French, Nicholas Guest, Fred Newman, Luisa Leschin, Andrew Masset, Anna Mathias, Tracy Newman, Reni Santoni, Wendy Schaal, Jonathan Stark, Arnold F. Turner, Claudette Wells
Drunken Writer…Jason Robards (uncredited)
Michael J. Fox’s Stunt Double…Charles Croughwell

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SOUNDTRACK LISTING :: SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PEFORMER

Love Attack…Shannon Dawson, G. Love…Jay Konk
Pump Up the Volume…Martin Young, Steve Young…M/A/R/R/S
Bill…Jerome Kern, Oscar hammerstein II, P.G. Wodehouse…Oscar Peterson
Bright Lights, Big City…Jimmy Reed…Jimmy Reed
Bright Lights, Big City…Jimmy Reed…Donald Fagen
TNT Blues…Bobby Forester, Clarence ‘Tootsie’ Bean…Bobby Forester
True Faith…New Order, Stephen Hague…New Order
Good Love…Prince…Prince
Kiss & Tell…Bryan Ferry…Bryan Ferry
Concerto in C Major for Guitar and Strings; I Solisti Di Zagreb…Antonio Vivaldi…Alirio Diaz; Conductor-Antonio Janigro
Lovely to Look At…Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh…Oscar Peterson
Ice Cream Days…Jennifer Hall, Allan Tarney…Jennifer Hall
Num Will Die Sonn’ So Hell Aufgehn from “Kindertotenlieder”…Gustav Mahler…Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Conductor- Karl Boehm
Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee…Irving Berlin…Michael Feinstein
Pleasure, Little Treasure (Glittler Mix)…M.L. Gore…Depeche Mode
Divine Emotions…Narada Michael Walden, Jeffrey Cohen…Narada
Century’s End…Donald Fagen, Timothy Meher…Donald Fagen

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AWARDS

Grammy Awards, 1989
NOMINEE: Donald Fagen
CATEGORY: Best song written directly for a Motion Picture of for Television: “Century’s End”
RESULT: Nominated

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EXTRAS

Trivia

The substance used for the cocaine that the cast snorted was actually powdered milk.The book upon which this film was based was also made into a stage musical. Read HERE for more information about this production.

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