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.
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
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In the book 'Off Hollywood', of this film, John Sayles said: "I knew how much money I had and then started to make certain decisions. I also had in mind many of the actors, people I knew from having worked in summer stock as an actor and director . . . Because of the budgetary limits, I decided to make the film at a ski lodge, which was cheap to rent out-of-season. We were able to use it as our set, as well as lodging for the crew and actors. We didn't have money for any artwork, so we had to use to the maximum what locations we had. That's why so many scenes take place in the lodge and in a local bar nearby. We shot different conversations from different angles." See more »
Camera shadow on the ground during the basketball game when JT falls down. See more »
Take all of you people to nail one buck?
It was just lying there with its feet tied together.
Must've been an easy shot, then.
How many points?
I didn't count.
You're not from here, are you?
No. Just Mike.
Lucky sons of bitches. I been jacking deer in these woods all my life. Never stumbled across one that was gift-wrapped!
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Well before "The Big Chill" came along, John Sayles made this terrific low-budget film. If you are looking for slick-filmmaking go elsewhere. If you want something that is different, and for me far more believable, than most Hollywood films try this one.
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