The Big Chill

Lawrence Kasdan

32º Festival

Focus and Retrospectives

Generation VHS

Length: 105min

Country: US


D: Lawrence Kasdan 
G: Lawrence Kasdan, Barbara Benedek 
F: John Bailey 
E: Carol Littleton 
DA: Ida Random 
S: Dennis Drummond, Patrick Drummond, Robert Grieve 
M: Meg Kasdan, Mike Deasy 
P: Lawrence Kasdan, Marcia Nasatir, Barrie M. Osborne, Michael Shamberg 
CP: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Carson Productions, Columbia-Delphi 
I: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline


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First, some context. Lawrence Kasdan had just co-scripted some blockbusters, such as Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, apart from having written and directed his first feature, Body Heat. He had quite a resume. The cast of The Big Chill was unbeatable: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly and JoBeth Williams. The challenge: making an ensemble comedy, built basically in a single location, that would work as portrait of the time. That is how this generational megahit from the ‘80s was born. Part social satire, part faithful reflection of a tough transition (from ‘60s’ hippies to neo-yuppies), this warm comedy-drama accepts gentrification as one of the stages necessary for growing up and, at the same time, as something to rebel against. A true celebration. 
Lawrence Kasdan
Born in 1949 in Miami, before making Body Heat (1981), his debut film as a director, he had already become a celebrity for his script for Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980). He also directed Silverado (1985), Wyatt Earp (1994) and Mumford (1999), among others.


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