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R| 1 hr. 43 min.

Plot Summary
A once close-knit gang of friends -- including an actor (JoBeth Williams), a doctor (Glenn Close) and her husband (Kevin Kline), a Vietnam veteran (William Hurt), and a journalist (Tom Berenger) -- meets for a weekend after the funeral of their much-envied friend Alex, who committed suicide. The friends spend the weekend confronting the personal truths, sacrifices and betrayals that have left them disenchanted. Each must contend with unresolved issues they have with Alex, and with one another.

Cast: William Hurt , Glenn Close , Kevin Kline , Tom Berenger , Jeff Goldblum , Mary Kay Place , Meg Tilly , JoBeth Williams

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: Columbia Pictures, RCA/Columbia, Criterion Collection

The Big Chill (1983)

Release Date: September 9th, 1983|1 hr. 43 min.

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  • The Big Chill is not an ode to the '60s or '80s, but a touching, sincere account of boys and girls who became men and women. [30 Sep 1983, p.1] show more

  • The Big Chill is a splendid technical exercise. It has all the right moves. It knows all the right words. Its characters have all the right clothes, expressions, fears, lusts and ambitions. But there's no payoff and it doesn't lead anywhere. I thought at first that was a weakness of the movie. There also is the possibility that it's the movie's message. show more

  • In the final analysis, the film doesn't amount to much, except to provide a good opportunity for the fine ensemble cast to show off their talents. show more

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  • June 29, 2010 TRussoRBC
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    My favorite movie of all time!

  • September 24, 2009 bikerpilotpoet
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    This movie has something that's rare in American films, a true ENSEMBLE of great actors and proof of its enduring quality is that movie buffs still talk about it twenty five years later....But I must warn you, if you see it, you'll never get Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale " out of you mind again...Seriously, the fantastic soundract, the great script, the remarkable actors all make this a "must see" . I highly recommend it..

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