Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1983. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Carson Productions, Columbia-Delphi Productions. Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, Barbara Benedek. Cinematography by John Bailey. Produced by Michael Shamberg. Music by Meg Kasdan. Production Design by Ida Random. Costume Design by April Ferry. Film Editing by Carol Littleton. Academy Awards 1983. Golden Globe Awards 1983. National 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 Mary Kay Place also do a great job of making their presence felt.