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
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Three songs from the movie - "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones, "The Weight" by The Band, and "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival could not be cleared for inclusion in the movie's original soundtrack album "The Big Chill Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". The first track by the Stones could only be cleared for inclusion in the movie and not for audio as the rights owner "wouldn't loan the master for any soundtrack" at all whilst the other two tracks were able to be cleared for the picture's second soundtrack album, "The Big Chill. More Songs from the Original Soundtrack". "The Weight" was no included on the first album as a deal could not be agreed upon whilst for "Bad Moon Rising", which is the first track on the second album, the clearance process simply ran out of time. A third album not featuring any songs from the movie is entitled "More Songs from The Big Chill era". See more »
Sarah's concern about putting everyone up in her huge house would actually make sense. Despite its size, the house has only four bedrooms, one in each quadrant upstairs. Putting Nick in the attic, and Chloe in the basement, Sarah and Harold in the master, and Richard and Karen in another, would leave only two bedrooms and three more people to accommodate. Yet everybody seems to have their own comfortable room throughout the film. See more »
[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.
I've always been a cowardly drunk myself.
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In one of the last scenes in the living room, the phrase "crock of shit" is always replaced with "crock of junk". In the original, right after the cop drives away, Harold says to nick "you're fuckin' stupid!". In the network version, he says "you're really stupid!". See more »
an intelligent and sensitive script for a talented cast
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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