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The Big Chill

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 1983
  • Lawrence Kasdan
  • 100 mins
  • 15

Summary

Drama starring Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, William Hurt and Jeff Goldblum. Following the suicide of an old friend, a group of 1960s college radicals reunite over a weekend and examine how their lives, relationships and ideals have changed over the years.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

At one time a cult movie among 20-somethings, this chic comedy is over-clever, but very slick and is now better known as the picture from which Kevin Costner had all his scenes cut. Smartly written by director Lawrence Kasdan and Barbara Benedek, the Oscar-nominated script clearly owes a debt to John Sayles's overlooked and superior reunion drama The Return of the Secaucus Seven. However, there are still plenty of original insights into both 1960s counterculture and the pretensions of the chattering classes, and the soundtrack is packed with the anthems of an age. Meg Tilly upstages her more famous co-stars (including Glenn Close, Kevin Kline and William Hurt).

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Credits

Cast

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Harold CooperKevin Kline
Sarah CooperGlenn Close
NickWilliam Hurt
MichaelJeff Goldblum
SamTom Berenger
ChloeMeg Tilly
KarenJoBeth Williams
MegMary Kay Place
RichardDon Galloway

Crew

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DirectorLawrence Kasdan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd
Released on
1984-02-23
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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