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A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a South Carolina winter house after the funeral of one of their friends.

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Don Galloway ...
Richard Bowens
James Gillis ...
Minister
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Harold and Sarah's Son
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Running Dog Driver
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Autograph Seeker (as Jacob Kasdan)
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Alex's Mother
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A seminal Thirty-Something movie in which a group of old college friends who are now all grown up and hardened by the big wide world come together for the funeral of Alex, a barely glimpsed corpse, who was at one time the brightest and the best of them, and yet who never managed to achieve half as much as any of the others. The friends use the occasion to reacquaint themselves with each other and to speculate as to what happened to their idealism which had been abundant when they were younger. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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In a cold world, you need your friends to keep you warm! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Reencuentro  »

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$56,968 (USA) (6 November 1998)

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$56,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The academic journal article "The long-term effect of a degree on graduate lives" by A Jenkins, L Jones & A Ward and published in the journal 'Studies in Higher Education', Vol 26, No 2, erroneously states that the film Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979) was remade as 'The Big Chill' (p. 148). The Big Chill (1983) is not a remake of Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979) even though the two movies cover similar thematic territory. See more »

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The position of Harold's and Sarah's left arms after she and Harold talk to Nick on the front steps after the wake. See more »

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Nick: [in a high-pitched voice] Hey. everyone, it's J.T. Lancer! Let's all go watch this incredible show!
Sarah: Woo hoo!
[everyone runs into the living room]
Karen: Come on, Sam.
Sam Weber: [lagging behind] Jesus!
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The Tracks of My Tears
Written by Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson Jr.), and Marvin Tarplin
Performed by The Miracles
Courtesy of Motown Records and Jobete Music
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The Way We Were, before the Breakfast Club
14 December 2004 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

This has been my favorite movie since it came out because it is, ostensibly, about ME. I'm from Michigan, and while I didn't go to UM, I went to a state school in Michigan in the early seventies, and this was my life.

This movie has both *everyone* I ever knew in it, and all the best actors of the time. Who wouldn't love Tom Berenger, Kevin Kline, William Hurt, Jeff Goldblum, and Kevin Costner, especially when they play everyone you knew in college. This film helps define who I am and who I became. When I clean the kitchen table, I hear "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" in my head. I dance around the kitchen, using a plate as a tambourine, and I'm lost in the past for a few minutes.

I love this film.


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