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The Big Chill -- Full of nostalgia, sorrow, and support, a group of old college friends reunites for a fellow friend's funeral in this 15th anniversary edition of the Academy Award(r)-nominated film.
The Big Chill -- A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a posh South Carolina winter house after the funeral of one of their friends.

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Director:
Writers:
Lawrence Kasdan (written by) &
Barbara Benedek (written by)
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Release Date:
30 September 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The story of eight old friends searching for something they lost, and finding that all they needed was each other. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The perfect soundtrack, the perfect cast, the perfect script...a wonderful movie. See more (168 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Berenger ... Sam Weber

Glenn Close ... Sarah Cooper

Jeff Goldblum ... Michael Gold

William Hurt ... Nick Carlton

Kevin Kline ... Harold Cooper

Mary Kay Place ... Meg Jones

Meg Tilly ... Chloe

JoBeth Williams ... Karen Bowens
Don Galloway ... Richard Bowens
James Gillis ... Minister
Ken Place ... Peter the Cop

Jon Kasdan ... Harold and Sarah's Son
Ira Stiltner ... Running Dog Driver

Jake Kasdan ... Autograph Seeker (as Jacob Kasdan)
Muriel Moore ... Alex's Mother
Meg Kasdan ... Airline Hostess

Patricia Gaul ... Annie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin Costner ... Alex (scenes deleted)

Directed by
Lawrence Kasdan 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Kasdan (written by) &
Barbara Benedek (written by)

Produced by
Lawrence Kasdan .... executive producer
Marcia Nasatir .... executive producer
Barrie M. Osborne .... associate producer (as Barrie Osborne)
Michael Shamberg .... producer
 
Cinematography by
John Bailey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita  (as Wally Nicita)
 
Production Design by
Ida Random 
 
Set Decoration by
George Gaines 
 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
 
Makeup Department
Michael Germain .... makeup artist
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist
Mickey Scott .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Barrie M. Osborne .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen P. Dunn .... second assistant director (as Stephen Dunn)
Michael Grillo .... first assistant director
Daniel J. Heffner .... second assistant director (as Dan Heffner)
 
Art Department
Donald R. Abblett .... production painter (as Donald Ablett)
Michael Casey .... assistant property master
Tim Donelan .... set dresser
Mike Higelmire .... set dresser (as Michael Higelmire)
Gary Kudroff .... set dresser
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Rick Young .... property master
Lewis Bowen .... painter (uncredited)
David Goldstein .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (as Raul Bruce)
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production sound mixer
Dennis Drummond .... sound editor
Patrick Drummond .... sound editor
Robert Grieve .... sound editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Norman B. Schwartz .... post-production dialogue
Michael Tomack .... sound editor
Dody Dorn .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Stephen Purvis .... adr post-production (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects supervisor (as Larry Cavanaugh)
 
Stunts
James Winburn .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator
Michael W. Blymyer .... best boy (as Michael Blymyer)
Bobby Brown .... assistant camera (as Robert Brown)
Jack Brown .... assistant camera
Michael Ginsburg .... still photographer
Al LaVerde .... key grip
Ronald W. McLeish .... gaffer (as Ron McLeish)
George R. Schrader .... dolly grip (as George Schrader)
Ty Suehiro .... second grip
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... electrician (uncredited)
Riko Schatke .... grip (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sandra Dawes .... extras casting
Deborah Lucchesi .... casting coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
April Ferry .... costume supervisor
Michele Neely .... costumer
Mort Schwartz .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Bruce Cannon .... assistant editor
Mia Goldman .... assistant editor
Bruce Pearson .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Meg Kasdan .... music consultant
Mike Deasy .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
John Reade .... transportation coordinator
Roy A. Grace .... driver (uncredited)
Graham Ready .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
Jenny Collins .... production assistant
Nan R. Eisley .... assistant: Mr. Kasdan
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: Modern Film Effects
Michael Hill .... production accountant
Mark Indig .... location manager: South Carolina
Larry Kaplan .... unit publicist
Stratton Leopold .... location manager: Atlanta
Scott Musgrave .... production assistant
Elise Rohden .... production coordinator
Gerald Scaife .... production assistant
Emily T. Warwick .... assistant: Mr. Shamberg
Michael McCulley .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The name of Harold's "Running Dog" shoe-store chain is a play on the 'Mao Tse-tung' phrase, "the running dogs of capitalism".See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:
Nick:[in a high-pitched voice] Hey. everyone, it's J.T. Lancer! Let's all go watch this incredible show!
Sarah:Woo hoo!
[everyone runs into the living room]
Karen:Come on, Sam.
Sam Weber:[lagging behind] Jesus!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grand Canyon (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
JOY TO THE WORLDSee more »

FAQ

How does it end?
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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The perfect soundtrack, the perfect cast, the perfect script...a wonderful movie., 8 May 2005
Author: psykofax

As a member of Gen-X having just revisited this movie after several years, I have to say that the soundtrack took me down "memory lane" in a big way, and may be one of the best things about The Big Chill. My generation's experience with this music is very different than that of my parents', having been force-fed Three Dog Night, The Band, and all the rest as a young child. It remains a part of my psyche, buried deep in the most obscure and remote of my memories. It was fantastic to hear those songs again, in spite of how much my taste in music has changed over the years. A classic is a classic, and the soundtrack is LOADED with them. Music can make or break a movie, and in The Big Chill, the music is an integral part of the film, as important as the cast, the writing and the directing. Its hard to imagine different music, just as it's hard to imagine a different cast. The songs weave in and out of the movie as easily and naturally as the subplots weave in and out of the story.

22 years after being dragged to this movie by my parents (who LOVED it), I remain pleasantly surprised at what a good movie it is as a whole, and how much more I liked it as an adult. The acting is brilliant. The writing is excellent. The directing is fantastic. Everything snaps into place in ways that keep you from getting bored, irritated, or otherwise turned off. Sometimes melodramatic, sometimes hilarious, the characters are well-constructed by the writer(s) and beautifully brought to life by the cast. Two hours fly by without dragging, down time, misfires or backfires. The story unfolds in 1983 with a crew of Baby Boomers, college friends brought back together by tragedy, taking stock in their lives as they get reacquainted with each other after many years have passed. The story may be dated, but anyone, no matter their "generation," can find something to relate to in this film. The interpersonal relationships, the individual journeys, and the self-reckoning that comes with the death of a friend... all of us can grasp these concepts and drink them in, get lost in them, feel the pain, and feel the joy. We can relate to it because its themes are timeless... love, loss, sadness, joy, growing up and getting older. This happens to us all.

My only real criticism of this picture would be that once in a while the film was a little too poignant and too depressing for my tastes, but only for brief moments. It could be that no one else who sees this film will agree with me, or even notice. That's fine. Opinions...we all have them. For me, it went a little overboard, just a smidgen. This is the only reason I did not give this movie a 10. It is still a wonderful movie. Some might suggest that this "going overboard" was what made the movie effective. It was effective, very much so, but for me it was a bit too much from time to time. Once in a while, my heart strings need a rest.

However, the music remains the most memorable part of the film. I had to look The Big Chill up on the internet to be reminded of the general story line, but the music has stayed with me all these years, and will remain with me, from the first notes of Joy to the World through the rest of the soundtrack and back. I would watch this movie again, and recommend it to anyone, no matter how cynical they are or what generation they belong to. Its that good.

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