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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:
28 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 » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Winning Comedy-Drama Backed by One of the Best Soundtracks Ever! See more (163 total) »

Cast

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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
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Kevin Costner ... Alex (scenes deleted)
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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 
 
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
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 (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Lawrence Kasdan] [Indiana Jones]As he fights off the bat, Harold hums the theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), a movie written by Kasdan. Sam Weber's appearance, and career as a television actor, resemble Tom Selleck, who had to turn down the role of Indiana Jones in "Raiders" due to his commitment to "Magnum, P.I." (1980).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:
Richard:[talking to Karen about her former friends] I can't believe these are the same people you've been talking about all these years.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
TELL HIMSee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Winning Comedy-Drama Backed by One of the Best Soundtracks Ever!, 18 July 2006
Author: Isaac5855 from United States

1983's THE BIG CHILL is one of those beautifully crafted and wonderfully acted films that is so ingratiating that I can watch it over and over and never tire of it. Director Lawrence Kasdan hits the bullseye in this alternately hilarious and moving variation on the earlier RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS SEVEN. This film follows the reunion of a group of friends who went to college together, who have gathered for the funeral of their mutual friend, Alex, who has committed suicide. The original screenplay included scenes with Alex, who was played by Kevin Costner, but, in a stroke of genius, it was decide to delete all of the Alex scenes in the film, lending a wonderful air of mystery to the character of Alex and allowing the audience more input as to why Alex decided to end his life. Alex's friends are Harold Cooper (Kevin Kline), who now owns a shoe store franchise and his doctor-wife, Sarah (Glenn Close), who also serve as our hosts ; Michael (Jeff Goldblum), a writer for PEOPLE magazine; Meg (Mary Kay Place)an attorney who wants to have a baby; Sam (Tom Berenger) an actor with his own TV show who misses the simple life; Karen (JoBeth Williams), a restless housewife who would really like to be a writer and Nick (William Hurt) a drug dealer who would like to be anything else. Also thrown into the mix is Chloe (Meg Tilly) Alex's girlfriend, who knows a completely different Alex than his friends do. This gathering of old and new friends sets the stage for some long-dormant resentments to bubble to the surface and for some long buried passions to be re-ignited. Kasdan has a sharp directorial eye and a flawless ear for dialogue with one of the most quotable screenplays ever and it is all set to a soundtrack of the greatest music from the 1960's ever compiled for a movie soundtrack. The cast is perfection...Close received a Best Supporting Actress nomination but the entire cast works at the same level and to honor one without honoring the ensemble wouldn't have been right. This is the ultimate ensemble piece and it works just about perfectly. Anyway you slice it, an instant classic.

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