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

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Comedy | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reencuentro  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$56,400,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

When a Man Loves a Woman
Written by Calvin Lewis (as Calvin H. Lewis) and Andrew Wright
Performed by Percy Sledge
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
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Great movie!!
8 August 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

After reading several of the user comments on this movie, it is clear that many people missed quite a bit. Those "funny one-liners" (and there are plenty!) are much more than that: they tell us volumes about the characters. This movie certainly does not spell anything out to the viewer (except, perhaps, the obvious), so you must be able to find the meaning behind the words. If you listen to what the characters are saying, then you can understand their past relationships, their present feelings, which friends have stayed close, etc. Remember, these are old friends: the script is very realistic so the characters are not going to explain every line to one another. I believe to truly enjoy this movie you need to pay close attention to all of the details and understand a bit about the attitudes and ideals of the two eras the movie depicts.

Wonderful, intelligent movie!




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