The award winning Big
Chill was a comedy-drama released in 1983. It starred
Tom Berenger as Sam Weber, Glenn Close as Sarah Cooper,
Jeff Goldblum as Michael Gold, William Hurt as Nick
Carlton, and Kevin Kline as Harold Cooper. It received
positive reviews from critics, including Roger Ebert,
and was nominated for three Oscars. Financially, the
movie was a success for Columbia Pictures. The creation
and overall theme of the movie was influenced by the
successful TV series Thirty Something.
Several years after
graduating from the same university, a group of old
friends (now in their 30ís) are drawn back together at
the funeral of a friend named Alex who died by suicide.
The friends are all quirky in their own way. One is an
actor, one is a former public defender who smokes
constantly, one is a Vietnam War veteran, one is an
unhappy house wife, etc. After the funeral is over, the
group decides to meet at a vacation home to decompress
and talk about Alex. They find themselves wondering and
talking about what could have been, what use to be, and
possibilities for the future as they essentially sleep
with each other on vacation.