R | | Comedy, Drama
A group of seven former college friends gather for a week-end reunion at a South Carolina vacation home after the funeral of another of their college friends.
One of the phrases that is uttered by the alley urchin in writer-director Lawrence Kasdan's later film Grand Canyon (1991) is "Beaufort, South Carolina" which was the major setting for The Big Chill (1983).
That's why I'm calling, Jim. That way, I can have a story for you this week and for next week, and... Jim, Jim, give me a break. I'll fly to Dallas on Monday. She won't regain her eyesight over the weekend. I know, but I think I've got something ...
During the precredits bath tub sequence, right before "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" begins, Jonathan Kasdan (little boy in tub) breaks character and whispers to Kevin Kline "I don't know that part".
In the original, in the nighttime scene under the dock with Karen and Sam, after Sam explains why their relationship wouldnt work, Karen says "don't give me that shit!". For the network version, its changed to "Don't Give me that Junk!".
$3,662,152 2 October 1983