The Big Chill

The Big Chill

Writers:  Lawrence Kasdan

Directors: Lawrence Kasdan, Barbara Benedek

Release: September 30, 1983

Tagline(s): In a cold world, you need your friends to keep you warm.
How much love, sex, fun and friendship can a person take?
In a cold world, you need your friends to keep you warm!
Spend some time with a few good friends.
The story of eight old friends searching for something they lost, and finding that all they needed was each other.
How much love, sex, fun and friendship can a person take? The story of eight old friends searching for something they lost, and finding that all they needed was each other.

Producer(s): Lawrence Kasdan, Marcia Nasatir
Associate-Producer(s): Barrie M. Osborne, Michael Shamberg

Stars/Actors: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, JoBeth Williams

Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Carson Productions

Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

ID: tt0085244

Rating: R

Runtime: 105 minutes

Synopsis: A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a South Carolina winter house after the funeral of one of their friends.

Declassified by Agent Palmer: The Big Chill is a movie about Love, Loss and Friendship with some very Transcendent Quotes

Quotes and Lines

Sarah: Michael, if you’re going to sleep this late, you’re going to miss a few minidramas.

Michael: Don’t knock rationalization. Where would we be without it? I don’t know anyone who can go a day or two without two or three juicy rationalizations. They’re more important than sex.
Sam: Ah, come on. Nothing’s more important than sex.
Michael: Oh yeah? Ever gone a week without a rationalization?

Michael: Amazing tradition. They throw a great party for you on the one day they know you can’t come.

Sam: Do you think we’re all trying trying to avoid dealing with Alex? You know, every time it comes up somebody changes the subject.
Nick: Hey, it’s a dead subject.

Chloe: Alex and I made love the night before he died. It was fantastic.
Nick: He went out with a bang, not a whimper.

Minister: Are not the satisfactions of being a good man among our common men great enough to sustain us anymore?

Richard: There’s some asshole at work you have to kowtow to, and you find yourself doing things you thought you’d never do. But you try and minimize that stuff; be the best person you can be. But you set your priorities. And that’s the way life is. I wonder if your friend Alex knew that. One thing’s for sure, he couldn’t live with it. I know I shouldn’t talk; you guys knew him. But the thing is… no one ever said it would be fun. At least… no one ever said it to me.

Nick: Wrong, a long time ago we knew each other for a short period of time; you don’t know anything about me. It was easy back then. No one had a cushier berth than we did. It’s not surprising our friendship could survive that. It’s only out there in the real world that it gets tough.

Harold: What is it with you? Is jail another “experience” you want to “try?” See what that’s “like?” You know, I live here. This place means something to me. I’m dug in. I don’t need this shit.

Chloe: I haven’t met that many happy people in my life. How do they act?

Meg: It’s a cold world out there. Sometimes I feel like I’m getting a little frosty myself.

Michael: Harold, don’t you have any other music , you know, from this century?
Harold: There is no other music, not in my house.
Michael: There’s been a lot of terrific music in the last ten years.
Harold: Like what?

Richard: Nothing like you described. Not at all. Not one of those people looks like I thought they would. I can’t believe these are the people you’ve talked about all these years. I’d love to hear the way you describe me to them.

Michael: Where I work we have only one editorial rule: No writing longer than an average person can read during an average crap.

Sarah: I was at my best when I was with you people.
Sam: When I lost touch with this group, I lost my idea of what I should be. Maybe that’s what happened to Alex? At least we expected something of each other then, I think we needed that.

Harold: How much sex, fun, friendship can one man take.

Chloe: I don’t like talking about the past as much as you guys do…

Chloe: He (Alex) said we made a good couple, because I had no expectations and he had too many.

Michael: Friendship is the bread of life…but money is the honey.

Pastor: ….a brilliant physics student at the University of Michigan who paradoxically chose to turn his back on science and taste of life through a seemingly random series of occupations… Where did Alex’s hope go?

Michael: We took a vote. We’re not leaving, we’re never leaving.

Over Friday’s Dinner: –You’re telling me you relax with video games? –Don’t knock video games. –Jesus, I let you guys out of my sight for a little while and you develop a bunch of moronic interests. –Don’t knock morons.