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

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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
Ira Stiltner ...
Running Dog Driver
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Autograph Seeker (as Jacob Kasdan)
Muriel Moore ...
Alex's Mother
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Storyline

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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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

Of the movie's visual digital restoration, the Criterion Collection DVD liner notes state: "This new digital transfer was created in 4K resolution on a wetgate Oxberry film scanner from the 35mm original camera negative at Cineric in New York City; the color correction was done at Colorworks in Culver City, California, and the restoration at MTI Film in Los Angeles. The entire process was supervised by director of photography John Bailey, and the final result was approved by director Lawrence Kasdan". See more »

Goofs

Sarah's concern about putting everyone up in her huge house would actually make sense. Despite it's size the house has only four bedrooms, one in each quadrant upstairs. Putting Nick in the attic, and Chloe in the basement, Sarah and Harold in the master, and Richard and Karen in another, that left only two bedrooms and three more people to accommodate. Yet everybody seems to have their own comfortable room throughout the film. 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 The Big Box: Don't Open the Door (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

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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One of the best ever
12 December 2000 | by (Myrtle Beach, SC) – See all my reviews

While channel surfing, saw this movie again tonight, for about the 35th time. What makes this movie great is not the story - hell, there is no story really - but the making of the movie itself. It is the single best combination of acting, film editing, sound track, dialogue, and every other thing that goes into a movie, ever put together. No special effects, no car chases, no suspense, no anything that usaually passes for entertainment. Just excellent film making. Even tonight, I saw yet one more background detail I never noticed before. You have to watch this movie multiple times to appreciate it. Nearly everything that happens early in the movie relates to something that occurs later on. The transitions and foreshadowing, the character relationships, the very words themselves all fit together like no other film ever made. I truly believe that this is a film that should be studied as an example of pure movie making, no less than Citizen Kane. To rate this movie as a 10 is to underrate it. Of course, that is just my opinion.


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