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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam
... Sarah
... Michael
... Nick
... Harold
... Meg
... Chloe
... Karen
... Richard
James Gillis ... Minister
Ken Place ... Peter the Cop
... Harold and Sarah's Son (as Jon Kasdan)
Ira Stiltner ... Running Dog Driver
... 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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Comedy | Drama

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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Reencuentro  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,662,152, 2 October 1983, Wide Release

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$56,200,000
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1.85 : 1
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Michael Gold (Jeff Goldblum) wants to open a night-club in this picture. In Goldblum's earlier movie, Thank God It's Friday (1978), which had been made and released around five years earlier, his Tony Di Marco character was a night-club owner. Both films were made by the Columbia Pictures studio. See more »

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When the cast is eating their first dinner a crewmember is visible through the window on the right. See more »

Quotes

Meg: [sitting in Nick's lap] I didnt' get a chance to talk to you before; you got me stoned too quick. But I'm OK now. I'm just drunk and therefore brave.
Nick: I've always been a cowardly drunk myself.
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Referenced in Fireman Sam: The Big Chill (2012) See more »

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A Whiter Shade of Pale
Written by Keith Reid, Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher (uncredited)
Performed by Procol Harum
Courtesy of Muscadet Records
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Ensemble Acting at it's Best
3 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

"The Big Chill" is about my peers. When first released in 1983, I, like the characters, was in my early thirties, a former rebellious collegian from the '60s. After a decade in the work-a-day world, being a family man and raising babies, watching "The Big Chill" was like a fantastic time machine and took me back to places long forgotten. It really connected with me on a visceral level and I loved it.

Now, almost twenty years later, I've watched "The Big Chill" again. Same effect? Not exactly, although a lot of this may be due to the effect of viewing any movie a second time. My views of the 60s are not so gilded as they were then either. "The Big Chill" is still a very good movie; you have to love it for the ensemble acting. So many of the actors in the movie went on to have respected careers in the 80s and 90s. It's one of those rare movies like "American Graffiti" and "Diner" that served as a launch pad for acting careers. And the soundtrack is perfect, capturing the breadth of late '60s pop music. I really wish Kasdan had done with these characters, what Updike did with his "Rabbit" novels, that is, show the characters at ten year intervals through their lives.

This is one of the better movies of this type and is highly recommended even for the gen-x'ers.


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