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The Big Chill (1983)

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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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Sam
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Meg
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Don Galloway ...
Richard
James Gillis ...
Minister
Ken Place ...
Peter the Cop
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Harold and Sarah's Son
Ira Stiltner ...
Running Dog Driver
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Autograph Seeker (as Jacob Kasdan)
Muriel Moore ...
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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Spend some time with a few good friends. See more »

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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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1.85 : 1
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According to Meg Kasdan, the film's music consultant and wife of the movie's director and co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, in an interview published in the 30th November 1983 edition of show-business trade paper 'Variety', ". . . the movie is 'indirectly' based on the Kasdan's life together. (They met as students at the U. [University] of Michigan, the alma mater of the picture's subjects.). She said a quasi-autobiographical film containing 'rock songs with emotional impact' was something the Kasdans had 'been talking about for years' . . . the music chosen reflects the couple's tastes in rock oldies. She brusged aside a suggestion that the party-type nature of the music used did not necessarily reflect the once-radical sentiments of the characters brought together in the film". See more »

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As the characters clean up following the dinner, the turkey platter is simultaneously on the kitchen table and the dining room table. See more »

Quotes

Sam Weber: In Hollywood, I don't know who to trust. I don't know who likes me or why they even do like me.
Harold Cooper: Well you don't have that problem here.
[Sam smiles]
Harold Cooper: You know I don't like you.
Michael: Me neither.
Meg: Ditto.
[Gets up and leaves the room]
Harold Cooper: So relax.
Sam Weber: [Rolls over on the floor, on his back, and pulls off one of his boots] Assholes.
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Referenced in It's Garry Shandling's Show.: The Last Show (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't Too Proud to Beg
Written by Eddie Holland and Norman Whitfield
Performed by The Temptations
Courtesy of Motown Records and Jobete Music
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Ok, I've seen it at last. Now what?
31 October 2001 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

When I said I had never seen this film, people gasped and told me they couldn't belive it. They said it was a ground-breaking film, a cinematic landmark etc etc. Worth seeing for the soundtrack alone. So I rented it and watched it.

What I saw was a group of unpleasant, self-obsessed, angst-ridden yuppies whom I liked not at all and cared about even less. We get a little light-relief once or twice with the Tom Beringer character but apart from that we are expected to spend a weekend with these people as they mull over the fact that one of the college friends has killed himself. A little sex thrown in for variety and Glenn Close chooses to have her hissy-fit in the shower so while we watch her acting we can also see her breasts. The piece ends suddenly, with little changed, nothing concluded and the audience thinking "So what?" We never find out why Alex killed himself but my theory is he realized that these people were the best he could do for friends so he threw in the towel.

As for the soundtrack, a selection of fifteen or so different numbers of roughly the same period, well K-Tel have been doing that sort of thing for years. No need to put yourself through a movie like this to hear it.




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