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The Big Chill (1983)

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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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Sam
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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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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)  »

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Reencuentro  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$56,400,000 (USA)
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Wife Meg Kasdan and sons Jon Kasdan & Jake Kasdan of writer-director Lawrence Kasdan all appear briefly in this movie as they would later do again in Kasdan's next picture Silverado (1985). And like Silverado (1985), Meg Kasdan said that the casting of her and her sons in brief appearances in the film was a way to send a postcard to friends and family to show how they were doing. 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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Michael: [Michael enters the kitchen, sees Sarah standing in front of the open refrigerator] You know, that's the problem with these things. You have to watch them every minute.
[Takes a small carton of milk from the refrigerator]
Michael: Oh, hey, did I miss Karen and Richard?
Sarah: No, just Richard; Karen's staying for the weekend.
Michael: But not Richard?
Sarah: Went back to be with the kids.
Michael: Oohhhh, interesting. What did Richard have to say about that?
Sarah: Michael, if you're going to sleep this late, you're going to miss a few ...
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References Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) See more »

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Ain't Too Proud to Beg
Written by Eddie Holland and Norman Whitfield
Performed by The Temptations
Courtesy of Motown Records and Jobete Music
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Reality staring you in the face
1 January 2003 | by (QLD, australia) – See all my reviews

There was something about this movie which I couldn't place my finger on. Although I barely made the 60's, of which all the characters are reminiscing of and therefore perhaps I maybe missed some subtle messages or didn't get some in-jokes about the 60's, this movie still applies to everyone. I guarantee every generation will have a time where they come back after 10 or 15 years and see friends that had been so important but are now barely on the radar. They will have a weekend of drinking and tears and fights and laughter. You will look at someone and remember a deep, hidden passion for them that you felt so long ago and never shared with anyone.

That is of course, the plot of the movie.

7 friends (who go wayyy back) one husband (who disappears pretty quickly) and a widowed girlfriend (who is barely known by anyone) come together after they learn that Alex, a friend formally part of the clique, had committed suicide (this part was infamously played by Kevin Costner). They have a weekend of sex, drugs, and good ol' fashioned rock and roll, the whole time bringing up past ghosts that had seemed long forgotten and faded. This is touchy subject, even in today's standards. Yet the movie handles it beautifully. My favourite section in the whole movie was when `You can't always get what you want' was played at his funeral. Not for the song, although it is a classic but for how the characters react. Each sit there in the church, some smiling quietly to themselves, while others have a sadden expression, remembering great times that were and never will be again. Every person has a song like that, one that makes you remember your friends, one that makes you sad or laugh and or grin to yourself as you remember the things you did. That to me clinches the movie. It shows how true the script is, and how humanly the characters react. There is a lot of angry hype about the movie, how there is too much talking and not enough sex or car chases or whatever people think is missing. Yet for me, it is reality. When something like this happens in real life, people do not over dramatise. Life is not a soap opera, although movie-goers seemed to want this movie to be. In a real-life situation, people would do exactly what the characters did, examine themselves and try to find a reason for the problems that have happened. Yet the hard truth is, especially about suicide, sometimes, there is no one you can blame. I think people didn't like this movie too much because it rang too true. It was too realistic. People go the movies to be entertained, to fall in love with the fairy-tales lives that movies have. This movie is honest. It seems, for now, people just want to be naïve and live in a fantasy world. If you want a true movie, see this one now.


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