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Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979)

R | | Drama | 5 September 1980 (USA)
Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, DC.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce MacDonald ...
Mike
Maggie Renzi ...
Katie
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J.T.
Maggie Cousineau ...
Frances
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Chip
Jean Passanante ...
Irene
Karen Trott ...
Maura
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Ron
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Howie
Marisa Smith ...
Carol
Amy Schewel ...
Lacey
Carolyn Brooks ...
Meg
Eric Forsythe ...
Captain
Nancy Mette ...
Lee
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Storyline

The Secaucus 7 of the film's title are seven friends who, during their college days, were arrested in New Jersey on their way to a protest in Washington. The film takes place ten years after all that, as the friends gather at the home of Mike and Katie, now schoolteachers in New Hampshire, bringing with them old problems and new: Maura has left Jeff and seeks consolation with his best friend, J.T.; J.T., arguably the least successful of the friends, finally gets the courage to move to Los Angeles to start a career as a songwriter; Irene brings her new boyfriend along, hoping he'll like and be liked by her friends and expecting them to challenge him for his more-conservative politics; and more. This is the film that inspired "The Big Chill." Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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$60,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

John Sayles began writing the story and screenplay for this film in the fall of 1977 and completed it in March 1978. See more »

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Camera shadow on the ground during the basketball game when JT falls down. See more »

Quotes

J.T.: So listen, what-what kind of music do you like?
Lee: Oh, progressive rock mostly.
J.T.: Which is that?
Lee: Oh, King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Rush...
J.T.: Right, right. Heavy metal goes to college.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Barbecue Rag
© 1979 Guy Van Duser
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A charming movie that I still quote often.
22 March 2002 | by (Ann Arbor) – See all my reviews

This movie is wonderful. I never tire of watching it. The dialog rings true and the actors have a feeling of long friendship that makes this movie truly enjoyable. This movie is head and shoulders above most movies made in the last 20 years. I am not saying this movie is the best movie ever made I am ranking it by how much enjoyment I have garnered from it. Since viewing this movie I have sought out every Sayles movie and never been disappointed.


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