Bright Lights, Big City Soundtrack (

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Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

Noches de neón

Title in Italiano:

Le mille luci di New York

Title in Português:

As Mil Luzes de Nova Iorque


Five days in the life of twenty-something Jamie Conway in New York City is presented. His brother Michael is urgently trying to reach him, but Jamie is doing whatever he can to avoid seeing Michael, let alone even talk to him. Jamie knows full well why Michael is trying to contact him at this point in time, the reason which is still too painful for Jamie with which to deal. Jamie is also dealing with his wife Amanda's abandonment, she an up and coming model who decided not to return to New York after a business trip to Paris, she, not having even talked to Jamie, working through a lawyer for divorce proceedings. These issues in combination have led to Jamie turning to drugs - specifically cocaine - alcohol and partying night after night with his friend Tad Allagash to cope. These coping mechanisms have in turn led to Jamie not being able to function in his day-to-day life, including at his job as a fact checker with a major magazine that prides itself on the factual accuracy of their articles. Jamie got into this work hoping eventually to transfer to the creative side of the magazine as a writer. But his career looks to be turning in the other direction as a moved up deadline by his boss Clara Tillinghast he believes is a tactic as grounds for dismissal if he does not complete the article satisfactorily by the deadline.

Two other things that happen this week affect what happens to Jamie. First, Tad asks him as a favor to take out his cousin Vicky. And second, Amanda, without telling Jamie but which he discovers, returns to New York, he doing whatever he can to see her.

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Bright Lights, Big City
Pump Up The Volume
Martyn Young: Courtesy of island records/aad produced
Martyn Young: Performer
Marrs: Performer
Jerome Kern: Performer
Oscar Peterson: Performer
Norman Granz: Courtesy of polygram special products a division of polygram records, inc. produced
Bright Lights, Big City
BNT Blues
True Faith
Good Love
Kiss & Tell
Vivaldi's Concerto in C Major For Guitar & Strings
Lovely To Look At
Ice Cream Days
Jamie & Vicky
Nun Will Die Sonn' So Hell Aufgehn
Let's Have Another Cup Of Coffee
Pleasure, Little Treasure (Glitter Mix)
Divine Emotions
Century's End
Kiss & Tell
Bryan Ferry: Performer
Vivaldi's Concerto in C Major For Guitar & Strings
Antonio Vivaldi: Performer
Jamie & Vicky
Jennifer Caron Hall: Performer
Nun Will Die Sonn' So Hell Aufgehn
Jennifer Caron Hall: Performer
Let's Have Another Cup Of Coffee
Michael Feinstein: Performer
Century's End
Donald Fagen: Performer

User reviews

Stephanie Thomas

The use of different musical genres and styles in the soundtrack adds depth to the narrative, enhancing the mood of each scene and immersing the audience in Jamie's world. The songs evoke a sense of nostalgia, sadness, and desperation, mirroring Jamie's state of mind as he navigates through his personal and professional challenges.

Ronald Smith

The song selection in the soundtrack is spot on, with tracks like Bright Lights, Big City by Jimmy Reed and Rise by Public Image Ltd. enhancing the mood and atmosphere of the film. The music becomes a character in itself, weaving seamlessly into the narrative and elevating the emotional impact of the story.

Emily Jones

Overall, the soundtrack of Bright Lights, Big City is a powerful and evocative companion to the film, enhancing the storytelling and emotional resonance of Jamie's journey. The music immerses the audience in Jamie's world, capturing the essence of his inner turmoil and external challenges with raw honesty and authenticity.

Margaret Jones

The use of electronic and synth-pop elements in the soundtrack adds a modern and edgy feel to the film, reflecting the fast-paced and hedonistic lifestyle depicted in Jamie's character. The music helps to create a sense of urgency and restlessness that mirrors Jamie's inner turmoil.

John Anderson

The soundtrack of Bright Lights, Big City perfectly captures the chaotic and turbulent emotions of Jamie Conway's life in New York City. The music intensifies the sense of despair and confusion that Jamie experiences as he navigates through his personal struggles.

Ronald Rodriguez

The soundtrack effectively conveys the dark and gritty undertones of Jamie's descent into drug addiction and self-destructive behavior. The haunting melodies and pulsating beats mirror his inner demons and struggles, adding depth and complexity to his character arc.

Donna Johnson

Overall, the soundtrack of Bright Lights, Big City is a powerful and evocative element of the film that enhances the storytelling and emotional impact of Jamie's journey. It effectively conveys the raw emotions and complexity of the characters, making the viewing experience more engaging and memorable.

Sarah Rodriguez

The soundtrack of Bright Lights, Big City truly captures the emotional turmoil and chaotic lifestyle of the main character, Jamie Conway, in New York City. The music perfectly reflects the intensity and urgency of Jamie's struggles and inner conflicts.