The Big Chill (1983)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a South Carolina winter house after the funeral of one of their friends.

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  • Jeff Goldblum and Kevin Kline in The Big Chill (1983)
  • JoBeth Williams and Don Galloway in The Big Chill (1983)
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  • Kevin Kline and Glenn Close at an event for The Big Chill (1983)
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  • Kevin Kline and William Hurt in The Big Chill (1983)

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Before actual shooting was to begin, Lawrence Kasdan wanted the cast to spend some significant time rehearsing together. As they travelled from California to Atlanta, Georgia and ultimately Beaufort, South Carolina, the actors had nearly three weeks of rehearsal time before the cameras rolled--something extremely rare for a film. JoBeth Williams believed it was partly due to the studio not wanting to spend a lot of money on the actual shooting process. More importantly, however, Kasdan wanted to give the cast and crew a chance to work out how they would play their scenes together and get to know each other well enough to achieve the effortless camaraderie that comes with the close long-time friendships depicted in the story. It was a strategy that all of the actors found extremely helpful in making their characters' relationships believable. "It's like playing on a wonderful team," said Kevin Kline at the time, "and it's fun being part of that team. It's a sharing, like sharing a victory when you've won. There's a beautiful exhilaration in team play, which is about as apt a parallel as I can make to this ensemble."


Chloe: I haven't met that many happy people in my life. How do they act?


As the characters clean up following the dinner, the turkey platter is simultaneously on the kitchen table and the dining room table.

Alternate Versions

In the original, after Meg tells Sam how much she loves him (in bed), Sam jokingly replies, "so, you wanna fuck?". However, in the network version, he says "so, you wanna do it?".


Wouldn't It Be Nice
Written by
Tony Asher (as Tony Ascher), Mike Love, and Brian Wilson
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records


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Comedy | Drama

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