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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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Cast

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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Comedy | Drama

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30 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$56,200,000
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The name of the television series that Sam Weber (Tom Berenger) starred in was "J.T. Lancer". The wording on his customized Louisiana number plate on his Porsche sports car read "J.T." which were his character's first two initials. In the 1960s, when most of the lead central characters in the movie had been in their youth, there had actually been a TV series called Lancer (1968). See more »

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At the beginning, during the graveside service, the sun is on the verge of setting, yet moments later the funeral luncheon at the Cooper's home is bathed in mid-day sun. 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.
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You Can't Always Get What You Want
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of ABKCO Records, Inc.
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Great movie!!
8 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

After reading several of the user comments on this movie, it is clear that many people missed quite a bit. Those "funny one-liners" (and there are plenty!) are much more than that: they tell us volumes about the characters. This movie certainly does not spell anything out to the viewer (except, perhaps, the obvious), so you must be able to find the meaning behind the words. If you listen to what the characters are saying, then you can understand their past relationships, their present feelings, which friends have stayed close, etc. Remember, these are old friends: the script is very realistic so the characters are not going to explain every line to one another. I believe to truly enjoy this movie you need to pay close attention to all of the details and understand a bit about the attitudes and ideals of the two eras the movie depicts.

Wonderful, intelligent movie!


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