That cast, that music, that baby boomer anxiety. Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 dramedy about a group of ex-hippies turned yuppie thirtysomethings who reunite for a friend’s funeral continues to resonate with anyone facing a quarter-life crisis. (Witness the current 'Big Chill'-inspired millennial comedy 'About Alex.') To commemorate the film, the Criterion Collection recently released a Blu-Ray/DVD with deleted scenes, interviews, and a 1998 documentary featuring the cast: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams. Here’s a nostalgic look at 11 things you might not have known. (Gifs created by Lisa Aileen Dragani)
11 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Big Chill'
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The film’s title came from another movie set.
While filming his 1981 thriller 'Body Heat,' Kasdan spent breaks chatting with others on the studio lot, and one person had a particularly profound effect on him. “Every once in a while, he’d say something so counter to my beliefs,” Kasdan explains in an interview on the Criterion DVD. “Here was a guy I got along perfectly with in every other way, but clearly we had a value split. I’d feel a chill run down my body. That big chill was the original impulse for this movie. Even though we had certain values, they were put to a very severe test when we go out into the world.”