Big Chill, The (Columbia 1983, Tom Berenger, Glenn Close)

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105 min - Comedy, Drama - 9 September 1983
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Lawrence Kasdan's ensemble piece charts the couplings and conflicts among a group of friends, reunited for the funeral of another who committed suicide. Having replaced 1960s idealism with '80s materialism, the friends find it hard to reconcile the unexpected turns their lives have taken.

Recently, this ensemble drama has become unjustly remembered solely for its novelty value as Kevin Costner's abortive debut. The death of his character, Alex (who never escaped the cutting room), is the impetus for a group of his friends to congregate at the home of Harold Cooper (Kevin Kline) and wife Sarah (Glenn Close) for a weekend of heartache and confession which will change all their lives forever.

The director pitched the idea 14 times before acceptance, and the finished film has the tone of a labour of love. The reward was three Oscar nominations and a place in pub quizzes across the country.

Director:  Lawrence Kasdan
Producer:  Michael Shamberg
Composer:  John Fogerty, Robbie Robertson
Director of Photography:  John Bailey


Production Details

Production Companies:  Columbia Pictures

Release Date:  9 September 1983

Running Time:  1 h 45 min

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Language:  English

Tagline: The story of eight old friends searching for something they lost, and finding that all they needed was each other.

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