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The Big Chill
Tom Berenger and Jeff Goldblum




Overview -
Seven members of a close-knit college group of friends are reunited fifteen years later after the eighth commits suicide. The funeral and reception lead to an extended weekend for all as they decide to spend time together pondering the recent events. Amidst a barrage of Motown classics, the members each offer little tidbits about their current lives while reminiscing about the past. In college, the absent and recently deceased Alex was the biggest and brightest star of the bunch but never seemed to get anywhere after being set loose in the real world. The slow acknowledgement that their champion never materialized leads the group in ever widening circles of thought. Discussions of their past lives and current bring about the realization that each has changed so much while remaining remarkably similar. Despite the tragic circumstances, the group disperses with renewed friendships and a newfound appreciation for life.

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Overview

Seven members of a close-knit college group of friends are reunited fifteen years later after the eighth commits suicide. The funeral and reception lead to an extended weekend for all as they decide to spend time together pondering the recent events. Amidst a barrage of Motown classics, the members each offer little tidbits about their current lives while reminiscing about the past. In college, the absent and recently deceased Alex was the biggest and brightest star of the bunch but never seemed to get anywhere after being set loose in the real world. The slow acknowledgement that their champion never materialized leads the group in ever widening circles of thought. Discussions of their past lives and current bring about the realization that each has changed so much while remaining remarkably similar. Despite the tragic circumstances, the group disperses with renewed friendships and a newfound appreciation for life.

Main Cast & Crew

Lawrence Kasdan - Director
William Hurt
Glenn Close
Kevin Kline
Tom Berenger
Jeff Goldblum
Mary Kay Place
Meg Tilly
JoBeth Williams
Don Galloway

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 103
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396026322
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: January 1999

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Friends
Psychodrama
Self-Discovery
All-Star
Character Study
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Notes:
Kevin Costner played Alex, the dead friend, but alas, all of his scenes were cut from the film. He can still be seen briefly in the opening titles. Vincent Canby, the New York Times film critic, named "The Big Chill" one of the ten-best films of 1983. Filmed on location in Beaufort, South Carolina. Shot in Metrocolor. Screened at the Toronto Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, where it was the opening film.

Reviews:
"...[A] sweet, sharp, melancholy new comedy....The performances represent ensemble playing of an order Hollywood films seldom have time for..." - 09/23/1983 New York Times, p.C14


Included in The New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1983" - 12/25/1983 New York Times, p.II:15


"...All of [the actors] are given opportunities to shine, and all rise to the occasion with seeming effortlessness..." - 09/07/1983 Variety


"...It's an anthropological soap opera that casts a hushed, elegant spell..." - 10/03/1997 Entertainment Weekly, p.57


"...The then fresh-faced Kevin Kline, William Hurt and Glenn Close excel as erstwhile '60s radicals, reunited in the '80s..." - 07/01/2003 Total Film, p.137

 

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