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The Big Chill -- When a member of a group of 1960s college friends dies, the others gather together for a weekend filled with remembrances, questions, sex and music. With Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum, more.
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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Lawrence Kasdan (written by) &
Barbara Benedek (written by)
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Release Date:
30 September 1983 (USA) See more »
The story of eight old friends searching for something they lost, and finding that all they needed was each other. See more »
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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (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)
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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105 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Flashback scenes with Kevin Costner as Alex were filmed, but cut. He is still visible as the body being dressed at the beginning of the film.See more »
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 »
Karen:How about you Michael? So tell us about the world of big time journalism.
Sam Weber:Yeah.
Michael:Well iwhere I work we only have one editorial rule. You can't write anything longer than it takes your average person to take an average crap.
[everyone laughs]
Michael:I'm getting tired of everything I write being read in the can.
Harold:You can read Dostoyevsky in the can.
Michael:Yes, but they can't finish it.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Trading Partners (1984)See more »


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60 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
Reality staring you in the face, 1 January 2003
Author: super_trooper from QLD, australia

There was something about this movie which I couldn't place my finger on. Although I barely made the 60's, of which all the characters are reminiscing of and therefore perhaps I maybe missed some subtle messages or didn't get some in-jokes about the 60's, this movie still applies to everyone. I guarantee every generation will have a time where they come back after 10 or 15 years and see friends that had been so important but are now barely on the radar. They will have a weekend of drinking and tears and fights and laughter. You will look at someone and remember a deep, hidden passion for them that you felt so long ago and never shared with anyone.

That is of course, the plot of the movie.

7 friends (who go wayyy back) one husband (who disappears pretty quickly) and a widowed girlfriend (who is barely known by anyone) come together after they learn that Alex, a friend formally part of the clique, had committed suicide (this part was infamously played by Kevin Costner). They have a weekend of sex, drugs, and good ol' fashioned rock and roll, the whole time bringing up past ghosts that had seemed long forgotten and faded. This is touchy subject, even in today's standards. Yet the movie handles it beautifully. My favourite section in the whole movie was when `You can't always get what you want' was played at his funeral. Not for the song, although it is a classic but for how the characters react. Each sit there in the church, some smiling quietly to themselves, while others have a sadden expression, remembering great times that were and never will be again. Every person has a song like that, one that makes you remember your friends, one that makes you sad or laugh and or grin to yourself as you remember the things you did. That to me clinches the movie. It shows how true the script is, and how humanly the characters react. There is a lot of angry hype about the movie, how there is too much talking and not enough sex or car chases or whatever people think is missing. Yet for me, it is reality. When something like this happens in real life, people do not over dramatise. Life is not a soap opera, although movie-goers seemed to want this movie to be. In a real-life situation, people would do exactly what the characters did, examine themselves and try to find a reason for the problems that have happened. Yet the hard truth is, especially about suicide, sometimes, there is no one you can blame. I think people didn't like this movie too much because it rang too true. It was too realistic. People go the movies to be entertained, to fall in love with the fairy-tales lives that movies have. This movie is honest. It seems, for now, people just want to be naïve and live in a fantasy world. If you want a true movie, see this one now.

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