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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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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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Actor William Hurt has acted in five films that have been Oscar nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. They are The Big Chill (1983), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), Children of a Lesser God (1986), Broadcast News (1987), and The Accidental Tourist (1988). All of the movies are from the 1980s and none of them won the gong but Hurt did win a Best Actor Oscar Academy Award for Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985). Two of the Best Picture Oscar nominees were for movies directed by Lawrence Kasdan, they being The Big Chill (1983) and The Accidental Tourist (1988). See more »

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The fog completely disappears after Harold's brief close-up shot when he and Nick are jogging through town. See more »

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Karen: How about you Michael? So tell us about the world of big time journalism.
Sam Weber: Yeah.
Michael: Well iwhere I work we only have one editorial rule. You can't write anything longer than it takes your average person to take an average crap.
[everyone laughs]
Michael: I'm getting tired of everything I write being read in the can.
Harold: You can read Dostoyevsky in the can.
Michael: Yes, but they can't finish it.
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You Can't Always Get What You Want
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of ABKCO Records, Inc.
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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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