The Big Chill is a 1983 American comedy-drama film directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring (in alphabetical order) Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams. It is about a group of baby boomer college friends who reunite after 15 years when one of their circle, Alex, commits suicide. Kevin Costner was cast as Alex, but all scenes showing his face were cut.
The Big Chill was filmed entirely on location in Beaufort, South Carolina and was shot at the same antebellum house used as a location for The Great Santini. The soundtrack features soul, R&B and pop-rock musicians from the 1960s and 70s, including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Rolling Stones and Three Dog Night.
The Big Chill influenced the TV series thirtysomething. Earlier, however, the movie was directly adapted to television in CBS' short-lived 1985 comedy-drama Hometown.
Harold Cooper (Kevin Kline) is bathing his young son when his wife, Sarah (Glenn Close), receives a phone call at their Richmond home telling her that their friend, Alex, has committed suicide by slashing his wrists in the bathtub of their vacation house in South Carolina, where he had been staying.