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The Big Chill (1983)

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A group of seven former college friends gather for a week-end reunion at a South Carolina vacation home after the funeral of another of their college friends.

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Lawrence Kasdan
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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:
Tom Berenger ... Sam
Glenn Close ... Sarah
Jeff Goldblum ... Michael
William Hurt ... Nick
Kevin Kline ... Harold
Mary Kay Place ... Meg
Meg Tilly ... Chloe
JoBeth Williams ... Karen
Don Galloway ... Richard
James Gillis James Gillis ... Minister
Ken Place Ken Place ... Peter the Cop
Jonathan Kasdan ... Harold and Sarah's Son (as Jon Kasdan)
Ira Stiltner Ira Stiltner ... Running Dog Driver
Jake Kasdan ... Autograph Seeker (as Jacob Kasdan)
Muriel Moore 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 older and experienced come together for the funeral of Alex, who was at one time the brightest and the best of them at college and yet who never managed to find his way. The friends use the occasion to reacquaint themselves with each other, discuss where their lives have led and speculate on 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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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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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies. See more »

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In one scene, Jeff Goldblum is eating Dreyer's ice cream from the carton. Dreyer's is a brand that originated in Oakland, CA, but when their distribution went nationwide in the early 80s, they ran into trademark infringement trouble with Breyer's Ice Cream, because of the similarity in both the names and the script logotype used by both companies. An agreement was reached that Dreyer's would go to market East of the Mississippi River as "Edy's Ice Cream". So they could never have purchased Dreyer's Ice Cream in South Carolina. But they could in Hollywood, which is no doubt where that scene was filmed. See more »

Quotes

Richard: I mean, nothing like you described. Not at all. Not one of those people - looks like I thought they would. I can't believe these are the same people you've been talking about all these years. Really. I'd love to hear the way you describe me to *them*.
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Alternate Versions

In the original, after Meg tells Sam how much she loves him (in bed), Sam jokingly replies, "so, you wanna fuck?". However, in the network version, he says "so, you wanna do it?". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: The House of the Devil (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Tracks of My Tears
Written by Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson, Jr.) and Marvin Tarplin
Performed by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (as Smokey Robinson and The Miracles)
Courtesy of Motown Records and Jobete Music
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an intelligent and sensitive script for a talented cast
15 June 2009 | by yris2002See all my reviews

Reunions of former college mates can be an enthusiastic, but also dramatic experience, mainly when you have shared with your now adult friends great ideals in a better and just world, and all those ideals have been abandoned in favour of professional careers and wealthy lives and, moreover, when the only mate who has faced the unfillable gap between the ideal and the real has just committed suicide and thus caused that same reunion.

Single sense of more or less pretended personal self-fulfilment, but hiding a dramatic sense of disillusionment, is rendered through noteworthy dialogues: intelligent, witty, ironical, sensitive and deep. Each protagonist will have to take off his/her mask, and show himself/herself for what he/she is now: the easy and devouring enthusiasm of those, not so distant, at least chronologically, but mentally and emotionally buried times cannot be acted for long. The only form of consolation, a very significant one, actually, is the possibility to share this sense of disillusionment, and the understanding that the only way out of personal dramas is communing with others.

Evidently, the actors, nowadays known as talented performers, but not so famous in 1983, are more than good. Not to mention the soundtrack, which contributes strongly to the emotional impact of the movie and makes one feel like rediscovering the great and out of time hits of the 60's, 70's. A cult and must see movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Chill See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,662,152, 2 October 1983

Gross USA:

$56,399,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,399,659
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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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