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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 26, 1999
- Originally Released: 1983
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: 56 Minute "Making Of" Featurette Directed by Laurent Bouzereau
- 9 Minutes of Deleted Scenes
- Trailers: SILVERADO
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly & JoBeth Williams|
|Directed by||Lawrence Kasdan|
|Edited by||Carol Littleton|
|Screenwriting by||Barbara Benedek & Lawrence Kasdan|
|Composition by||John Williams|
|Produced by||Michael Shamberg|
|Director of Photography:||John Bailey|
There is no place for depth or nuance in this slickly engineered complacency machine. Full Review
Included in The New York Times 10 BEST FILMS OF 1983
New York Times
Rating: 3.5/5 -- ...even though it's aware of their narcissism, The Big Chill still views its characters sympathetically, even when they do little to invite much sympathy themselves. Full Review
...The then fresh-faced Kevin Kline, William Hurt and Glenn Close excel as erstwhile '60s radicals, reunited in the '80s...
Characters are generally middle-of-the-roaders, and pic lacks a tough-minded spokesman who might bring them all up short for a moment. Full Review
...It's an anthropological soap opera that casts a hushed, elegant spell...
Funny and ferociously smart. Full Review
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.
- 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.
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