Big Chill, The

Lists: Best Picture nominee 1980 to 1989, Drama

Brief Synopsis: "Kevin Kline and Glenn Close star as Harold and Sarah Cooper, a couple whose marital troubles are put on hold while they host an unhappy reunion of former college pals gathered for the funeral of one of their own, a suicide victim named Alex. As the weekend unfolds, the friends catch up with each other, play the music of their youth, reminisce, smoke marijuana, and pair off with each other."

Overall Ranking: 1294 (Rank from 1983: # 8)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 16.67%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 33.33%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi97(full review)
Jim Carrier82 - Top 5 80's drama. Great actors, they all messed well, storyline was very well thought out...overall a great movie.
Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 7
Minnesota Man80(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80
Lisa Marie Bowman55 - Meh.
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Dan O'Neill50 - There are a lot of faults here including the generation gap, lack of subtlety from characters and plot, and no real message, but has good performances from its ensemble cast, a great soundtrack, and wonderful writing that is real and tragic.
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People Involved

  • Tom Berenger (Sam Weber)
  • Glenn Close (Sarah Cooper)
  • Jeff Goldblum (Michael Gold)
  • William Hurt (Nick Carlton)
  • Kevin Kline (Harold Cooper)
  • Mary Kay Place (Meg Jones)
  • Meg Tilly (Chloe)
  • JoBeth Williams (Karen Bowens)
  • Don Galloway (Richard Bowens)
  • James Gillis (Minister)
  • Ken Place (Peter the Cop)
  • Jon Kasdan (Harold and Sarahs Son)
  • Ira Stiltner (Running Dog Driver)
  • Jake Kasdan (Autograph Seeker)
  • Muriel Moore (Alexs Mother)
  • Meg Kasdan (Airline Hostess)
  • Patricia Gaul (Annie)
  • Kevin Costner (Alex (scenes deleted))
  • Lawrence Kasdan (Director)