Thirty years after "The Big Chill" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, a special 30th anniversary screening was held at the 2013 edition of the festival, with many cast members and creatives in attendance. From left: Producer Michael Shamberg, writer/director Lawrence Kasdan, music consultant Meg Kasdan, actors Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Meg Tilly, Mary Kay Place, JoBeth Williams, Tom Berenger and co-writer Barbara Benedek.
4 stars ==> #46 of 50: The Big Chill [1983 -- 105min]. DVR. Great dramedy with strong ensemble cast. So many famous actors all together. My mom used to have this soundtrack and it has some really great music.
Kevin Costner played Alex, the college friend whose suicide triggered the reunion of the "The Big Chill." Costner's part is bits representing the body of Alex being dressed for his funeral, shown during the opening credits.
"The Big Chill" cast: A critical and popular favorite upon its debut in September 1983, "The Big Chill" featured an impressive cast and a memorable soundtrack of '60s pop hits. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Tom Berenger: After a stint on the TV soap opera "One Life to Live," Tom Berenger had roles in horror films ("The Sentinel," "Beyond the Door"), dramas ("Looking for Mr. Goodbar," "The Dogs of War"), and the prequel "Butch and Sundance: The Early Years." In "The Big Chill," Berenger played Sam Weber, a TV actor whose reunion with Karen sparks a flirtatious rendezvous.
In "The Big Chill," Mary Kay Place played Meg, a former public defender who changed her legal practice to the corporate world. With a ticking biological clock, she wants to have a baby, and seeks to recruit one of her former college friends as the lucky father.
Glenn Close: Following roles in the TV films "Too Far to Go" and an adaptation of "The Elephant Man," and a Tony Award nomination for the musical, "Barnum," Glenn Close received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her first feature, "The World According to Garp," as feminist author and activist Jenny Fields. Close was nominated for a second Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "The Big Chill," playing the married Sarah, who harbors the secret of a long-ago affair with Alex.
'The Big Chill': Jobeth Williams. After appearances in "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Stir Crazy" and "The Dogs of War," JoBeth Williams made a splash in the 1982 horror hit, "Poltergeist," as the mother of a girl snatched away by supernatural beasties. In "The Big Chill," Williams played Karen, a suburban housewife bored by her marriage to an ad exec (Don Galloway, left).
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