The Big Chill (1983)

LAWRENCE KASDAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 1983.   , , .   Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, .   Cinematography by .   Produced by .   Music by .   Production Design by .   Costume Design by .   Film Editing by .   Academy Awards 1983.  Golden Globe Awards 1983National Board of Review Awards 1983.  

Years after they were close in college, a group of men and women gather together to attend the funeral of one of their friends (all you see is his leg, but it’s actually Kevin Costner, whose other scenes were all excised from the movie). They relive old times and express the journey they have gone from rebellious and optimistic counterculture youths to yuppies saddled with middle-class responsibility, all under the weight of the reason that has brought them together. Kasdan’s screenplay (co-written with Barbara Benedek) is punctuated with intelligent dialogue and a genuine interest at getting the point of view of these characters across. Glenn Close is a standout in the cast (earning her second Oscar nomination in a row), but Kevin Kline, Tom Berenger and also do a great job of making their presence felt.

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