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Seven members of a close-knit college group of friends are reunited fifteen years later after the eighth commits suicide. The funeral and reception lead to an extended weekend for all as they decide to spend time together pondering the recent events. Amidst a barrage of Motown classics, the members each offer little tidbits about their current lives while reminiscing about the past. In college, the absent and recently deceased Alex was the biggest and brightest star of the bunch but never seemed to get anywhere after being set loose in the real world. The slow acknowledgement that their champion never materialized leads the group in ever widening circles of thought. Discussions of their past lives and current bring about the realization that each has changed so much while remaining remarkably similar. Despite the tragic circumstances, the group disperses with renewed friendships and a newfound appreciation for life.
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CastJoBeth Williams
DirectorLawrence Kasdan
Release Date:  1983
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (January 26, 1999)
Runtime:  1hr 45min
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review by . May 10, 2011
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I can recall for years hearing about “The Big Chill”.  That it was an amazing movie and the critical acclaim did nothing but support this honor.  Being a fan of cinema and a bit of a movie buff I finally decided last night to watch the movie.  The only thing I knew about the flick was it was an ensemble piece, had fine actors and actresses and all of KevinCostner’s scenes were deleted.  After I watched this movie I felt rather quizzical.  Not really sure …
review by . April 13, 2001
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Pros: Writing, directing, acting, soundtrack     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: Good tunes and good acting, what else do you want?     On occasion I like to re-watch The Big Chill to give myself a fun dose of reality. Sure the thing is dated, but the idea of forming friendships never goes out of style, and the music is classic.      The story centers on a group of college students that were once living on the edge, …
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