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The Big Chill (1983)

USA 105m Colour
Director: Lawrence Kasdan; Cast: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, JoBeth Williams

The Big Chill offers a nostalgic view of the 1970s though the stories of an ensemble cast who reflect back over their lives while they mourn the death of one of their friends. This unlikely “Hollywood” plot is an interesting vehicle for a group of pretension characters who come to realize that they hadn’t lived up to their youthful ideals and who now must come to terms with their lives in a less than ideal world as middle-aged adults. Great performances, good music, and an explicitly ambiguous ending are keys to the success of this risk-taking film (Klaus Ming February 2010).


One comment on “The Big Chill (1983)

  1. klausming

    Considering the market for cheesy vampire films these days, I’m thinking a re-make of the Big Chill might be in order. The plot is basically the same, except that Alex comes back from the dead as a vampire to liven-up the party. They already have the bat-in-the-attic set-up – so Alex’s appearance as a vampire shouldn’t be that much of a surprise 😉

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This entry was posted on 02/17/2010 by in 1001 List, 1980s, All and tagged .
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