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The Big Chill

105 min
Comedy | Drama
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Lawrence Kasdan
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1983-09-30
Filming Locations: USA
Opening Weekend: $56,968 (USA) (8 November 1998)
Gross: $56,968 (USA) (8 November 1998)
Tom Berenger
Tom Berenger
The Big Chill
Glenn Close
Sarah Cooper
Jeff Goldblum
Michael Gold
William Hurt
Nick Carlton
Kevin Kline
Harold Cooper
Mary Kay Place
Meg Jones
Meg Tilly
JoBeth Williams
Karen Bowens
Don Galloway
Richard Bowens
James Gillis
Ken Place
Peter the Cop
Jon Kasdan
Harold and Sarah's Son
Ira Stiltner
Running Dog Driver
Jake Kasdan
Autograph Seeker (as Jacob Kasdan)
Muriel Moore
Alex's Mother
Meg Kasdan
Airline Hostess
Patricia Gaul
Kevin Costner
Alex (scenes deleted)
Did you know?
Lawrence Kasdan:  [Indiana Jones]  As he fights off the bat, Harold hums the theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), a movie written by Kasdan. Sam Weber's appearance, and career as a television actor, resemble Tom Selleck, who had to turn down the role of Indiana Jones in "Raiders" due to his commitment to Magnum, P.I. (1980).
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Director Lawrence Kasdan says the title, "The Big Chill is about a cooling process that takes place for every generation when they move from the outward-directed, more idealistic concerns of their youth to a kind of self-absorption, a self-interest which places their personal desires above those of the society or even an ideal."
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The main house in the film is in Beaufort, SC. It is the same house where The Great Santini (1979) was shot. Director Lawrence Kasdan liked "The Great Santini" so much that he decided to shoot his film in the same house.
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At the beginning, during the graveside service, the sun is on the verge of setting, yet moments later the funeral luncheon at the Cooper's home is bathed in mid-day sun.
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As the characters are preparing to watch the football game, Harold sings the University of Michigan fight song, "Hail to the Victors", to the wrong tune.
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When the cast is eating their first dinner a crewmember is visible through the window on the right.
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Michael: You see, Sarah, Harold, we took a secret vote. We're not leaving. We're never leaving.
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Sam Weber: [Sam enters a room where Nick is up late watching TV] What's this?
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Michael: Are we the first ones up?
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How does it end?
With Sarah's blessing, Harold sleeps with Meg in hopes to impregnate her. Karen sleeps with Sam, and returns to Richard and the boys. Michael gives up the idea of opening a nightclub. Nick and Chloe intend to stay together and work on Sarah and Harold's old house.At the closing scene Meg collects everybody's addresses so that they'll keep in touch. "Joy to the World".
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Photos from cast
Tom Berenger