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The Big Chill

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An unused ending for the movie was a flashback to the 60s with the gang at college (with deceased friend Alex played by Kevin Costner) having a Thanksgiving dinner. It was scrapped because it confused the preview audience. Other flashback scenes with Kevin Costner were deleted as well, though they don't appear with the other deleted scenes on the DVD.

-Thanks to Brett Hardel

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A dozen or so years after they graduated from University together, a group of friends are suddenly pulled back together by the death of Alex, the brightest star in their group.

The friends have gone on to lead very different lives to the ones they dreamt of, some are married, some are divorced. Some are famous, some are not. Some are wealthy, some are struggling.

But this story is all about how they come to terms with their grief for Alex, their concerns for themselves and each other, their regrets about missed opportunities, and the question "what happened to the fire of our youth?"

Don't think for a second that this is a quiet, introspective movie, there are some powerful performances here by some of the screen's most accomplished actors - Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Tom Berenger, JoBeth Williams, William Hurt, Jeff Goldblum, Meg Tilly - reads like a "who's who" of 80s drama, doesn't it?

All of this is set against a backdrop of fall in a Southern house, and is dressed with one of the most memorable musical scores to come out of the eighties.

It's funny, it's sad, it's gripping. It will give you a big chill...

Verdict?

The casting of this movie works so well, and is spot on; the actors are a roll-call of success with 80s drama. From Glenn Close to William Hurt, Kevin Kline to Jeff Goldblum, Meg Tilly to Jobeth Williams, Tom Beremger to the absent Kevin Costner (as Alex, the deceased friend), all the familiar faces are there and work well together.

Where the movie really succeeds is simple; it provides the audience with a small glimpse into each character's settings in which they all believed they were emotionally happy, but are shown in the context of the group to be anything but.

The score is stunning, the scenery inspiring, the acting understated and exact.

Notice any mistakes? Review

Strengths: Performance, score and setting combine to make this one of the seminal thirty-something movies of the age.

Weaknesses? You may not really get the movie first off - it takes a couple of viewings to really understand the characters.

Our rating: 9 out of 10


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The Big Chill