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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 Way We Were, before the Breakfast Club 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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Trivia:
When shooting was complete and the film moved into the post-production phase, editor Carol Littleton was faced with some challenges. Littleton, who had previously edited Body Heat (1981) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), found this to be a different kind of film. Not only did the vast majority of the action take place in one location, but the focus was on characters and dialogue rather than traditional story action. "It was really all about nuance and tone," said Littleton in a 2011 interview, "and constantly weighing the dramatic value. Looking for the small moments, the little remarks, that made the story."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As the characters clean up following the dinner, the turkey platter is simultaneously on the kitchen table and the dining room table.See more »
Quotes:
Meg:Maybe it's a sign from God that I should reconsider. Too bad I'm an atheist.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
THE WEIGHTSee more »

FAQ

How does it end?
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The Way We Were, before the Breakfast Club, 14 December 2004
Author: robinflamingo (robinflamingo@comcast.net) from Michigan, USA

This has been my favorite movie since it came out because it is, ostensibly, about ME. I'm from Michigan, and while I didn't go to UM, I went to a state school in Michigan in the early seventies, and this was my life.

This movie has both *everyone* I ever knew in it, and all the best actors of the time. Who wouldn't love Tom Berenger, Kevin Kline, William Hurt, Jeff Goldblum, and Kevin Costner, especially when they play everyone you knew in college. This film helps define who I am and who I became. When I clean the kitchen table, I hear "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" in my head. I dance around the kitchen, using a plate as a tambourine, and I'm lost in the past for a few minutes.

I love this film.

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