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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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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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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

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$56,400,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Although "The Big Chill" differed in subject matter and style from director Lawrence Kasdan's previous picture Body Heat (1981), both films shared Kasdan's interest in creating dynamic characters which are true to people's lives. In "The Big Chill", the characters are former college house-mates who have drifted apart over the years. Members of the baby-boom generation who entered young adulthood as idealistic non-conformists, they are now, for the most part, members of the establishment. "The Big Chill" emerged as a compassionate testimonial to a confused generation, one that has survived the passions of youth and grown through painful self-awareness into adulthood. In this context, the title "The Big Chill" takes on several resonant metaphorical meanings, from the obvious reference to the group's own mortality, strongly reinforced by the occasion of their reunion at a funeral, to the cooling of idealistic fires in the face of more calculated self-interest. See more »

Goofs

The fog completely disappears after Harold's brief close-up shot when he and Nick are jogging through town. See more »

Quotes

Nick: Hey, Nick? You know, we go back a long way, and I'm not gonna piss that away 'cause you're higher than a kite.
Sam Weber: Wrong, a long time ago we knew each other for a short period of time; you don't know anything about me. It was easy back then. No one had a cushier berth than we did. It's not surprising our friendship could survive that. It's only out there in the real world that it gets tough.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Caligula: Part II (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

BAD MOON RISING
Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Courtesy of Fantasy Records
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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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