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The Big Chill (1983)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  30 September 1983 (USA)
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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 ...
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Peter the Cop
Harold and Sarah's Son
Ira Stiltner ...
Running Dog Driver
Autograph Seeker (as Jacob Kasdan)
Muriel Moore ...
Alex's Mother


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reencuentro  »

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Box Office

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


$56,400,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Meg Kasdan, Jon Kasdan, Jake Kasdan:  Director Lawrence Kasdan's wife Meg plays the airline stewardess flirting with Sam Weber at the beginning of the film. Their son Jon plays Harold & Sarah's son in the bathtub, and their other son Jake plays the boy seeking Sam's autograph at the wake. See more »


As the movie opens an older couple is walking up to the church, but both were clearly standing still arm in arm until they got their [late] cue to walk. See more »


Michael: [entering kitchen on the group's final morning together] Sooo how'd everyone sleep last night? DID anyone sleep last night?
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Written by Hoyt Axton
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Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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One of the best ever
12 December 2000 | by (Myrtle Beach, SC) – See all my reviews

While channel surfing, saw this movie again tonight, for about the 35th time. What makes this movie great is not the story - hell, there is no story really - but the making of the movie itself. It is the single best combination of acting, film editing, sound track, dialogue, and every other thing that goes into a movie, ever put together. No special effects, no car chases, no suspense, no anything that usaually passes for entertainment. Just excellent film making. Even tonight, I saw yet one more background detail I never noticed before. You have to watch this movie multiple times to appreciate it. Nearly everything that happens early in the movie relates to something that occurs later on. The transitions and foreshadowing, the character relationships, the very words themselves all fit together like no other film ever made. I truly believe that this is a film that should be studied as an example of pure movie making, no less than Citizen Kane. To rate this movie as a 10 is to underrate it. Of course, that is just my opinion.

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