Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

 (436)8.01 h 34 min201716+
[HBO] HD. An intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity, this film celebrates the lives of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.
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Alexis BloomFisher Stevens
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Carrie FisherDebbie ReynoldsTodd Fisher
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Documentary
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English [CC]
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Alexis BloomFisher StevensBrett RatnerSheila NevinsJulie Nives
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4.8 out of 5 stars

436 global ratings

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na designsReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Smart,Sweet and so much more than expected...
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If you are a Debbie Reynolds or Carrie Fisher Fan-you must have this DVD. Even better than we were expecting! We were expecting a series of interviews but got so much more. It was as if the Reynolds/Fishers are sharing their family with you...It starts with Carrie going over to her mom's house and goes on to show family home movies and on from there. The DVD features Todd as a very charming and intelligent host talking about them both and their family's life together. Yes, it is a mother/daughter love story, but a whole family/Real family love story as well. Very touching...We only just received it and have watched it twice already....Not a celebrity story---a real family story....I do not think you will be disappointed.
21 people found this helpful
The BubblesReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
MUST WATCH if you're a fan!
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It is not a shock that Carrie Fisher was part of everybody's childhood from her role as Princess Leia in the original StarWars. I became a hardcore fan because of the original trilogy; not to mention it was the first set of films where I witnessed a hardboiled female protagonist. I read her books and watched her in other films, as well the one she wrote "Postcards from the edge" (You should watch it!). She is as kooky and funny in this doc as in real life; nothing has really changed about her. Her mother on the other hand though; she was a very interesting person to learn about for the first time since I never saw singin' in the rain as I was never a fan of musicals, but my mother definitely grew up with her and liked her. Just a difference in generations, I guess. You could definitely tell there is a difference between personalities and worlds between them. Her mother wanted her to be a singer, but Carrie loves to write. You could really relate to either of them, despite the fact they live in very rich lifestyles. No matter what, it's easy to love them.
5 people found this helpful
Tanya L. OstermanReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
closure for fans who loved them
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This was closure. It helped me see that Debbie's health was failing and that Carrie wouldn't have been able to take her mom's passing. Some parts were very sad! But these two made me laugh. Seeing the Vegas show scenes was surreal, as I was there! I only wish Billie had been in this more.
22 people found this helpful
Lauren GarciaReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
SO GOOD. How can you not adore Debbie Reynolds
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SO GOOD. How can you not adore Debbie Reynolds! So talented & sincere. True Hollywood royalty. What a life she had. To live daily with that level of stardom, & still remain a dedicated mother, 1st & foremost,, while managing success, must have been a strong "act" to balance. I admire her work ethic tremendously, & iconic career & self history. This doc is very candid & personal, & so wonderful to see the relationship between mother & daughter, as well as son. It was also refreshing to see Carrie Fisher's honesty about manic depression, and her path to present before her passing. Her conversation with aging, unrecognizable Eddie Fisher, was truly touching & revealing.
Hearing Carrie say at one point, "I'd like to get to the end of my personality" was something most artists, creatives, dysfunctional people of the world can surely relate too. Thoroughly enjoyed, & well worth this glimpse into a "hollywood" family.
14 people found this helpful
George E. Goff & Better Half MicheleReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Sweet Documentary of Carrie & Debbie
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This sweet documentary was in the works prior to the tragic deaths of Carrie and Debbie and released shortly thereafter - it brought me to tears. Such special women whose love for one another is in each frame. Not as hard hitting and honest as Carrie's brother, Todd Fisher's book "My Girls" which is a MUST READ by the way - but gives you a front row seat into their lives behind the footlights. Watch this and get your hands on a copy of Carrie's FANTASTIC HBO "Wishful Drinking" special too- it is wonderfully witty as was the lady herself.
3 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet and touching
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very sweet and touching glimpse at a Hollywood family. The movie is shot and edited well allowing the viewer to just enjoy the large personalities filling the screen. This feels esp poignant given the timing of the release, glad this was captured in time.
24 people found this helpful
Amy M. BrilesReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Struggles behind the curtain
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Really love how both Debbie and Carrie wasn't afraid to really put it out their about their ups and downs. Their love for each other is lovely and undeniable. Carrie has never been bashful about being bipolar, drug and alcohol abuse and her challenges to overcome the latter two. Debbie has always been more reserved in public about her personal struggles (read Unsinkable to learn more). This shows what each woman goes through personally and how they try to put on a brave front to hide their inner pain. It's even sadder now since both are gone, but both have left celluloid and literary works behind so we the fans can always remember them.
Jeffrey Lee HollisReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful
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What a wonderful profile of a loving (yet complicated) mother and daughter relationship. It is made all the more powerful and poignant by their passing. Don't miss it!
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