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The Big Chill (1983)

 -  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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Harold and Sarah's Son
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Running Dog Driver
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Muriel Moore ...
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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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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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The name of Harold's "Running Dog" shoe-store chain is a play on the 'Mao Tse-tung' phrase, "the running dogs of capitalism". See more »

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Karen's hair on the dock with Sam. See more »

Quotes

Nick: Since when did you get so friendly with cops? Harold?
Harold: You know you're fuckin' stupid? Stupid, yeah. First off, that cop has twice kept this house from being ripped off. Happens to be a hell of a guy. And you...
[turns away]
Nick: Come on, Harold. What is it?
Harold: What is it with you? Is jail another "experience" you want to "try?" See what that's "like?" You know, I live here. This place means something to me. I'm dug in. I don't need this shit.
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Gimme Some Lovin'
Written by Steve Winwood, Muff Winwood, and Spencer Davis
Performed by Spencer Davis Group
Courtesy of Liberty Records
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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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