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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 ...
Minister
Ken Place ...
Peter the Cop
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Harold and Sarah's Son
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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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How much love, sex, fun and friendship can a person take? The story of eight old friends searching for something they lost, and finding that all they needed was each other. See more »

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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reencuentro  »

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Box Office

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

Gross:

$56,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The characters were based on people Lawrence Kasdan lived with in the Eugene V. Debs co-op in Ann Arbor, MI, while attending the University of Michigan. Co-ops are co-ed housing in which the residents share household duties like cooking. This explains why the characters are so comfortable sharing the house and cooking, and are so attached to the Michigan football game. See more »

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As the characters are preparing to watch the football game, Harold sings the University of Michigan fight song, "Hail to the Victors", to the wrong tune. See more »

Quotes

Autograph Seeker: Are you J. T. Lancer?
Sam Weber: No, that's just a character I play. I'm Sam Weber.
Autograph Seeker: Well, can I have your autograph, whoever you are?
Sam Weber: Don't you think we ought to be thinking about Alex?
Autograph Seeker: I'll give you a buck.
Sam Weber: Okay, you're on.
[Karen laughs]
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A WHITER SHADE OF PALE
Written by Keith Reid and Gary Brooker
Performed by Procol Harum
Courtesy of Muscadet Records
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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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