Embraced by the Baby Boomer generation and spawning countless imitators, the sophomore film of writer-director Lawrence Kasdan was a successful comedy-drama with a best selling soundtrack of Motown hits. 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 in unexpected combinations. Included are Michael (Jeff Goldblum), a smarmy journalist; Sam (Tom Berenger), a TV star; Karen (JoBeth Williams), unhappily married and pining for Sam; Nick (William Hurt), a drug-addicted Vietnam vet; and Meg (Mary Kay Place), a single career woman who wants a child. Joining the group is Alex's bizarre girlfriend Chloe (Meg Tilly), who finds new love with Nick. As they learn to deal with the truth about the loss of idealism in their lives and Alex's sad demise, the friends find their bond still intact, while the marriage of Harold and Sarah is healed in an unusual way that's in sync with the era of their youth. Cut from the release of The Big Chill (1983) was the brief appearance of young actor Kevin Costner as Alex. Kasdan promised Costner a role in his next picture, which turned out to be a star-making part in Silverado (1985).~Karl Williams
New interview with Kasdan
Reunion of cast and crew from the 2013 Torontro International Film Festival, including Kasdan and actors Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams
Documentary from 1998 to the making of the film
Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by writer and filmmaker Lena Dunham and a 1983 piece by critic Harlan Jacobson
Mary Kay PlaceMeg
Ken PlacePeter The Cop
Muriel MooreAlex's Mother
Kevin CostnerAlex (uncredited)
Jon KasdanHarold and Sarah's Son
Meg KasdanAirline Hostess
Marvin GayeFeatured Music
Meg KasdanComposer (Music Score)
Smokey RobinsonFeatured Music
Ida RandomProduction Designer
Barrie M. OsborneAssociate Producer
Lawrence KasdanExecutive Producer
Marcia NasatirExecutive Producer
April FerryCostume Designer
Michael GrilloFirst Assistant Director
Gene S. CantamessaSound Mixer
Al LaverdeKey Grip
Reunion Films,Comedy of Manners,Ensemble Film
The Big Chill
Year of Release
2 Discs, Blu-ray/DVD, Criterion Collection
The Big Chill [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] 
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Comedy-drama to remember
Owned for 11 months when reviewed.
Combined with a perfect balance of comedy and drama, a soundtrack featuring soul, R&B, and pop-rock music from the 1960s and 1970s, and ensemble cast, the plot focuses around a group of baby boomers (whom were all classmates of University of Michigan) that reunite for a weekend at a Beaufort, South Carolina vacation home following the suicide of their old friend. Highly Recommended
I've had the soundtrack to this film forever and love it. I had a gift certificate and decided to buy this movie to see if it was as good as I remembered. It was better! The cast is phenomenal. It's a meaningful topic with great dialog; and it's always wonderful to hear that [mostly] Motown soundtrack! Well worth the purchase to enjoy it over and over.
So glad to see Criterion remaster this movie. The picture and sound are fantastic.... you'd never know this movie was over 30 years old. If you loved it originally you won't be disappointed, if you are younger and are not familiar with this movie, it's a great time piece depicting the baby boomers a few years out of college dealing with growing up and their conceptions and misconceptions of the world they live in. Great acting here. Highly recommended!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Love this movie. Finally found it on best buy website. Shipped quickly.