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Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979)

R  |   |  Drama  |  5 September 1980 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Bruce MacDonald ...
Mike Donnelly
Maggie Renzi ...
Katie Sipriano
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J.T.
Maggie Cousineau ...
Frances Carlson
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Chip Hollister
Jean Passanante ...
Irene Rosenblue
Karen Trott ...
Maura Tolliver
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Ron Desjardins
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Howie
Marisa Smith ...
Carol
Amy Schewel ...
Lacey Summers
Carolyn Brooks ...
Meg
Eric Forsythe ...
Captain
Nancy Mette ...
Lee
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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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It has been written and said many times that this film "inspired" The Big Chill (1983). Apparently, that film's director, Lawrence Kasdan, has said he had not seen Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979) See more »

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

Quotes

Frances Carlson: You know, I can't imagine you guys teaching. I mean, is it the same old stuff we got?
Mike Donnelly: Well, I start the year with the Boston Police Strike.
Irene Rosenblue: They let you teach *that*?
Mike Donnelly: They let you teach just about anything, so long as you keep the students from knifing each other.
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References Salt of the Earth (1954) See more »

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The Boots They Come and the Boots They Go
© 1977 Folk Legacy Inc.
© 1978 Daring Enterprises
Written by Bill Staines
Performed by Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl
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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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