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      The Big Chill

      R Released Sep 9, 1983 1h 43m Comedy Drama TRAILER for The Big Chill: Trailer 1 List The Big Chill: Trailer 1 The Big Chill: Trailer 1 2:13 View more videos
      69% Tomatometer 42 Reviews 77% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings This compassionate "comedy of values" probes the growing pains of seven college housemates from the 1960s who have drifted apart and then reunite at the funeral of a friend. Having entered adulthood as non-conformists, most now belong to the establishment. Harold (Kevin Kline) has "grown up" to be a running-shoe magnate; Michael (Jeff Goldblum), a gossip magazine journalist; Sam (Tom Berenger), TV's hottest private eye; and Nick (William Hurt), a drug dealer. Among the women, Sarah (Glenn Close) is a doctor; Meg (Mary Kay Place), a lawyer; and Karen (JoBeth Williams), a wife and mother in the suburbs. Stunned by the death of their peer, sensing their own mortality and the loss of their innocence, each takes the opportunity to reevaluate his or her life and re-establish their bond. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      The Big Chill captures a generation's growing ennui with a terrific cast, a handful of perceptive insights, and one of the decade's best film soundtracks.

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      Arthur Knight Hollywood Reporter What might have been a meaningful exploration of the changes wrought by 20 years of abrasive reality is diverted, essentially, into who's going to wind up sleeping with whom. Jan 29, 2019 Full Review Keith Phipps The Dissolve ...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. Rated: 3.5/5 Jul 28, 2014 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Characters are generally middle-of-the-roaders, and pic lacks a tough-minded spokesman who might bring them all up short for a moment. May 5, 2008 Full Review Quentin Crisp Christopher Street The film is as disappointing as being alive, but I must hastily add that it is very carefully prepared for the screen; at all times, it looks natural and the acting is superb. May 7, 2024 Full Review Jennifer O’Callaghan PopMatters The Big Chill‘s blunt suggestion that one may not have lived up to their younger self’s dreams or morals hits a universal nerve to this day. Oct 5, 2022 Full Review Rob Aldam Backseat Mafia Uses its ensemble cast superbly to create both a spiky and life affirming comedy drama. Aug 25, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Timothy T What a great cast and characters. The big chill keeps you warm till the very end. Filled with laughs and heart ache this movie would be hard to ever remake. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/17/24 Full Review Jeffre L This is a GREAT movie - fantastic performances by stellar cast. The sequence set to "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is filmmaking at its best!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/24 Full Review David M Bunch of whiney ass spoiled brat rich baby boomers Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/02/24 Full Review Trey W Even after a few dozen watches, it retains all its charm. One of my favorites of all-time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/29/23 Full Review DAVID R Amazing film that truly helped me through one of the roughest times of my life. There are true friendships here between the performers that come thru on screen. I can't recommend this film enough to someone that needs their heart lifted. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/15/23 Full Review Audience Member The Big Chill is one they’ll never forget A large ensemble of Kevin Kline, Jo Beth Williams, the late William Hurt, Glenn Close, Tom Berenger, and Jeff Goldblum directed by Lawrence Kasdan Seven college housemates from the 1960s gather in South Carolina together learning a close friend has died Becoming non-conformists most still belong to the establishment For a movie like this you’re expecting these people to resolve old conflicts, face new problems, and ultimately learn to forgive Good music no doubt and a great collection of talents There's just so much talking it'll be hard to highly recommend Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 09/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis This compassionate "comedy of values" probes the growing pains of seven college housemates from the 1960s who have drifted apart and then reunite at the funeral of a friend. Having entered adulthood as non-conformists, most now belong to the establishment. Harold (Kevin Kline) has "grown up" to be a running-shoe magnate; Michael (Jeff Goldblum), a gossip magazine journalist; Sam (Tom Berenger), TV's hottest private eye; and Nick (William Hurt), a drug dealer. Among the women, Sarah (Glenn Close) is a doctor; Meg (Mary Kay Place), a lawyer; and Karen (JoBeth Williams), a wife and mother in the suburbs. Stunned by the death of their peer, sensing their own mortality and the loss of their innocence, each takes the opportunity to reevaluate his or her life and re-establish their bond.
      Director
      Lawrence Kasdan
      Producer
      Michael Shamberg
      Screenwriter
      Lawrence Kasdan, Barbara Benedek
      Distributor
      Columbia Pictures, RCA/Columbia, Criterion Collection
      Production Co
      Carson Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 9, 1983, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 16, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $57.0K
      Runtime
      1h 43m
      Sound Mix
      Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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