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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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Lawrence Kasdan
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Cast

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 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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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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reencuentro See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$56,200,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Director Lawrence Kasdan has directed both of actor Jeff Goldblum's ex-wives, they being Geena Davis in The Accidental Tourist (1988), and Patricia Gaul in both Silverado (1985) and The Big Chill (1983). 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

Nick: Wise up, folks. We're all alone out there and tomorrow we're going out there again.
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The Weight
Written by Robbie Robertson (as Jaime Robbie Robertson)
Performed by The Band
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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The Way We Were, before the Breakfast Club
14 December 2004 | by robinflamingoSee all my reviews

This has been my favorite movie since it came out because it is, ostensibly, about ME. I'm from Michigan, and while I didn't go to UM, I went to a state school in Michigan in the early seventies, and this was my life.

This movie has both *everyone* I ever knew in it, and all the best actors of the time. Who wouldn't love Tom Berenger, Kevin Kline, William Hurt, Jeff Goldblum, and Kevin Costner, especially when they play everyone you knew in college. This film helps define who I am and who I became. When I clean the kitchen table, I hear "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" in my head. I dance around the kitchen, using a plate as a tambourine, and I'm lost in the past for a few minutes.

I love this film.


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