• The Big Chill (1983)

The Big Chill

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    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]

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A picture that clearly aspires for more ends up with considerably less. show more

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