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The Big Chill (1983)

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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Meg
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Don Galloway ...
Richard
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Peter the Cop
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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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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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Of director Lawrence Kasdan's first two films he directed, both had oppositional temperature-related titles, Body Heat (1981) referenced hotness whilst The Big Chill (1983) referenced coldness. See more »

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At the beginning, during the graveside service, the sun is on the verge of setting, yet moments later the funeral luncheon at the Cooper's home is bathed in mid-day sun. See more »

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Meg: I've been taking my temperature and I know I'm ovulating right now. The ground is ready, I just need someone to plant the seed.
Sarah: Yeah, but who's going to be the lucky farmer?
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Referenced in The Game: The Big Chill (2007) See more »

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In the Midnight Hour
Written by Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper
Performed by The Rascals
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
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Nostalgic, elegantly handled and brilliantly done feel-good drama.
24 May 2003 | by (Dungarvan, Ireland) – See all my reviews

"The Big Chill" is often regarded as the best Hollywood movie to demonstrate ensemble acting. A problem that can affect similar films is the unequal division of time that each character receives, but "The Big Chill" avoids this problem. It certainly is a moving cinematic experience that isn't easily forgotten. OK it doesn't really lead anywhere, but as it goes on, the nostalgic charm sets in and the core isn't hollow.

Terrific performances from the ensemble cast who work well as a group. It's ironic how Kevin Costner had the most successful career yet if you blink you'll miss him. Some of the careers of the talented cast bloomed after this- Kevin Kline won an Oscar for "A Fish Called Wanda", Glenn Close got 5 nominations (this film included) and got a status in Hollywood, Jeff Goldblum got success in the likes of "Jurassic Park" and "Independence Day". Others didn't- Meg Tilly sort of disappeared, JoBeth Williams went on to flops such as Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot, Mary Kay Place had small parts in Girl Interupted and Being John Malkovich but went by un-noticed.

"The Big Chill" is a complex and often brilliant story of the need for companionship. The soundtrack greatly adds to the nostalgic and uplifting feel to the movie. Great performances, splendid direction and an engaging script make this a deserved (if not slightly dated) classic. My IMDb rating: 8.0/10.


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