A seminal Thirty-Something movie in which a group of old college friends who are now older and experienced come together for the funeral of Alex, who was at one time the brightest and the best of them at college and yet who never managed to find his way. The friends use the occasion to reacquaint themselves with each other, discuss where their lives have led and speculate on what happened to their idealism which had been abundant when they were younger.Written by
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When shooting was complete and the film moved into the post-production phase, editor Carol Littleton was faced with some challenges. Littleton, who had previously edited Body Heat (1981) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), found this to be a different kind of film. Not only did the vast majority of the action take place in one location, but the focus was on characters and dialogue rather than traditional story action. "It was really all about nuance and tone," said Littleton in a 2011 interview, "and constantly weighing the dramatic value. Looking for the small moments, the little remarks, that made the story". See more »
In one scene, Jeff Goldblum is eating Dreyer's ice cream from the carton. Dreyer's is a brand that originated in Oakland, CA, but when their distribution went nationwide in the early 80s, they ran into trademark infringement trouble with Breyer's Ice Cream, because of the similarity in both the names and the script logotype used by both companies. An agreement was reached that Dreyer's would go to market East of the Mississippi River as "Edy's Ice Cream". So they could never have purchased Dreyer's Ice Cream in South Carolina. But they could in Hollywood, which is no doubt where that scene was filmed. See more »
I've been taking my temperature and I know I'm ovulating right now. The ground is ready, I just need someone to plant the seed.
Yeah, but who's going to be the lucky farmer?
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In one of the last scenes in the living room, the phrase "crock of shit" is always replaced with "crock of junk". In the original, right after the cop drives away, Harold says to nick "you're fuckin' stupid!". In the network version, he says "you're really stupid!". See more »
The Big Chill tells the story of eight friends who come together after the suicide of one of the best of them. They are all searching for something they lost. They find that all they needed was each other.
This film launched the careers of a lot of stars. The best performances in the movie were some of the actors and actresses that mainstreamed Hollywood for years to com. Glen Close, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger, Kevin Kline, and William Hurt were the best.
The movie defines a generation. And the movie defines a part of life that we all reach where the questions we ask have no answers.
The Big Chill is a great film to watch when you are looking for happiness in a sad place. One of my friends died recently and I stumbled upon this movie soon afterward. It is a movie that never should be remade because along with defining a generation it speaks across generations. I have a feeling that this movie will find you when you need it. Just don't pass it by.
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