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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Sam
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Meg
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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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Spend some time with a few good friends. 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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Box Office

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

The second theatrical feature film directed by Lawrence Kasdan. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Minister: Are not the satisfactions of being a good man among our common men great enough to sustain us anymore?
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Connections

Referenced in The Middle: The Big Chill (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Tracks of My Tears
Written by Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson Jr.), and Marvin Tarplin
Performed by The Miracles
Courtesy of Motown Records and Jobete Music
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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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