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Release Date: 1983

DVD Release Date: January 26th, 1999

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

Production Co: Carson Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: House, Engaging, Transformation, Love, Doctor, Marriage, 1980s, Witty, Friendship, Sacrifice

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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]

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Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role