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The Big Chill

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Original title
The Big Chill
Running time
103 min.
United States United States
Barbara Benedek, Lawrence Kasdan
John Bailey
Columbia Pictures, Carson Productions, Delphi Films
Drama | Friendship
Synopsis / Plot
Seven members of a close-knit college group of friends are reunited fifteen years later after the eighth commits suicide. The funeral and reception lead to an extended weekend for all as they decide to spend time together pondering the recent events. Amidst a barrage of Motown classics, the members each offer little tidbits about their current lives while reminiscing about the past. In college, the absent and recently deceased Alex was the biggest and brightest star of the bunch but never seemed to get anywhere after being set loose in the real world. The slow acknowledgement that their champion never materialized leads the group in ever widening circles of thought. Discussions of their past lives and current bring about the realization that each has changed so much while remaining remarkably similar. Despite the tragic circumstances, the group disperses with renewed friendships and a newfound appreciation for life.
1983: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Movie, Supporting Actress (Glenn Close), Original Screenplay
1983: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Movie - Comedy or Musical & Best Screenplay
1983: Toronto Film Festival: People's Choice Award (Best Film)
1983: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1983: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Comedy Screenplay
1983: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Screenplay
1984: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
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