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Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979)

 -  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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Jeff Andrews
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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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The film failed at the box-office in its initial New York release but fared much better in other U.S. territories such as Boston, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Due to this, the film had a second run in New York. It is considered that its first run there was not co-ordinated correctly, the film being shown in the wrong theatre. See more »

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

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[Mike is pretending to teach history class]
J.T.: Mr. Donnelly?
Mike Donnelly: Yes, J. T.?
J.T.: Coach says that you got socialistic tendencies. Is that right, Mr. Donnelly?
Mike Donnelly: Coach is a running dog imperialist, J. T. Don't listen to him. Alright, now, the rest of you: if the Boston police went on strike tomorrow, what would White and Dukakis do? Would there be riots in Southie?
[Katie hands him a cracker and cheese]
Mike Donnelly: Ah, it's Miss Sipriano from the English department.
J.T.: Mr. Donnelly?
Mike Donnelly: Yes, J. T.?
J.T.: Coach says that you and Miss ...
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Bad Apple Blues
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© 1979 Sweet Melodies Publishing
Arranged by Cora Bennett
Performed by Cora Bennett (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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