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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 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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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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This is the movie which is the film that is considered to have launched the directorial film career of American auteur John Sayles. See more »

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

Quotes

[Chip returns to the car to find Ron talking to Irene]
Chip Hollister: Hi.
Ron Desjardins: Hi.
Chip Hollister: I'm, uh, Chip Hollister.
Ron Desjardins: [shaking his hand] Pleased to meet you.
Chip Hollister: You're...?
[Ron looks down at the name tag on his chest. Chip sees it]
Chip Hollister: Ron.
Ron Desjardins: Very good. Last name's Desjardins, but, uh, I gotta have another tit to fit it all. You Irene's old man?
[Chip chuckles nervously]
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References Salt of the Earth (1954) See more »

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I Brake for Animals
© 1979 Sweet Melodies Publishing
Written by Adam LeFevre
Performed by Adam LeFevre (uncredited)
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Good film about old friends reuniting
7 May 2000 | by (Santa Babara, CA) – See all my reviews

John Sayles first film and it shows, but despite this a great film about old friends reuniting and having a good time. Great characters just being themselves in front of the camera and it is very beautiful. Don't expect action or even much plot out of this film but if you can get past the fact this is not your same old generic Hollywood film you will like this one.


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