Die grellen Lichter der Großstadt (1988)

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Die grellen Lichter der Großstadt: Directed by James Bridges. With Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Swoosie Kurtz. A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.

“Despite the lukewarm reviews this film is always given, it is actually quite good. It may not fare on the same level as more gritty, powerful 80u0026#39;s substance abuse films such as Less Than Zero or Clean And Sober but its very likeable. Yes, some of the scenes from the book donu0026#39;t actually survive their journey to the screen but even these scenes are charming and enjoyable…in an awkward sort of way. For instance, the coma baby. Who doesnu0026#39;t love the coma baby?!?! Heu0026#39;s great. And so is Michael J. Fox in what is arguably his best role. He makes Jamie the handsome, vulnerable guy who really u0026quot;wouldnu0026#39;t be at a place like this at this time of the morning.u0026quot; I canu0026#39;t say someone else couldnu0026#39;t have done it better but Fox pulls it off without trying to sneek around any drama with jokes like a lot of comedy-gone-drama actors try to do. His drunken dialogue in front of Swoozie Kurtz over dinner at her apartment is a genuinely great piece of acting. Keifer Sutherland is there to play Allagash and nobody could play Allagash like Sutherland plays Allagash. And the dialogue is great due to McInerneyu0026#39;s wit and ear for the clever talk of the coked-up New York night people. I canu0026#39;t say too much for the directing but the talent here, no matter how misled, is undeniable.”


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