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Return of the Secaucus Seven -- Drama is set at the eight-year reunion of 7 student activists who were arrested together in Secaucus, NJ on their way to a protest in Washington; at the reunion we learn of the groups' dense romantic histories.
Return of the Secaucus Seven -- Drama is set at the eight-year reunion of 7 student activists who were arrested together in Secaucus, NJ on their way to a protest in Washington; at the reunion we learn of the groups' dense romantic histories.


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John Sayles (writer)
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5 September 1980 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
(25 articles)
Beside Still Waters Fails to Freshen the Reunion Movie
 (From Village Voice. 11 November 2014, 9:00 PM, PST)

Aff 2014 Dispatch: Whit Stillman's Conversation
 (From Slackerwood. 27 October 2014, 11:00 AM, PDT)

Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Big Chill
 (From Disc Dish. 16 April 2014, 4:04 PM, PDT)

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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Bruce MacDonald ... Mike
Maggie Renzi ... Katie

Adam LeFevre ... J.T.
Maggie Cousineau ... Frances

Gordon Clapp ... Chip
Jean Passanante ... Irene
Karen Trott ... Maura

Mark Arnott ... Jeff

David Strathairn ... Ron

John Sayles ... Howie
Marisa Smith ... Carol
Amy Schewel ... Lacey
Carolyn Brooks ... Meg
Eric Forsythe ... Captain
Nancy Mette ... Lee
Betsy Julia Robinson ... Amy
Cora Bennett ... Singer
John Mendillo ... Bartender
Steven Zaitz ... Singer
Brian Johnson ... Norman
Ernie Bashaw ... Officer
Jack LaValle ... Booking Officer
Jessica MacDonald ... Stacey
Benjamin Zaitz ... Benjamin
Jeffrey Nelson ... The Man

Directed by
John Sayles 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Sayles  writer

Produced by
William Aydelott .... producer
Jeffrey Nelson .... producer
Original Music by
Mason Daring 
Tim Jackson  (as Timothy Jackson)
Bill Staines 
Guy Van Duser 
Cinematography by
Austin De Besche 
Film Editing by
John Sayles 
Production Management
Maggie Renzi .... unit manager
Sound Department
Fred Burnham .... assistant sound
Bill Gitt .... sound transfer
Wayne Wadhams .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
David Arndt .... gaffer
David Arndt .... key grip
William Aydelott .... camera operator
Fred Burnham .... location still photographer
Frank Coleman .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Shaw .... costume consultant
Editorial Department
Maggie Renzi .... assistant editor
Steven Zaitz .... assistant editor
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Mason Daring .... music producer
Mason Daring .... musical director
Tim Jackson .... musician: drums (as Timothy Jackson)
Other crew
Carolyn Brooks .... production assistant
Fred Burnham .... credit and location stills
Mason Daring .... legal counsel
Logan Goodman .... production assistant
Wendell Lees .... production assistant
Donald McLane .... assistant to director
Maggie Renzi .... location manager
Ita Roberts .... caterer
Michael Rubin .... technical assistant
Elizabeth Shafer .... script supervisor
Steven Zaitz .... location manager
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Secaucus 7" - International (English title) (informal short title)
"Secaucus Seven" - International (English title) (informal short title)
"The Return of the Secaucus 7" - International (English title) (informal title)
"The Return of the Secaucus Seven" - International (English title) (informal title)
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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2006) | USA:R

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Much has been said how this film is a precursor to the Academy Award nominated Best Picture nominee The Big Chill (1983) which examines similar themes. It has not been said as much though how Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976) is also a kind of precursor to Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979) and also examines the same similar themes.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow on the ground during the basketball game when JT falls down.See more »
[Jeff is detailing his previous arrests to a booking policeman]
Jeff Andrews:And that was for conspiracy to riot. Charges dropped. September 12, '69 for criminal trespassing and resisting arrest. Charges dropped. December 24, '69, inciting to riot. Charges dropped. August of '70 for lobbying in Kentucky. Charges dropped. Five arrests...
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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Solid Beginning, 23 March 2004
Author: alanlit96 from Kansas

Sayles' first film is, as one previously reviewer noted, the prototype independent film: small budget, previously unknown actors, an emphasis upon talk and ideas over action or even an event-oriented plot. The script varies from slow at times to very entertaining and incisive at others, but it always feels real. You don't necessarily feel you know the characters all that well when it's over, but you care about them nonetheless. It's all in all a very worthwhile film, in which you can see the director learning how to handle an ensemble cast, as he has done so effectively in recent years in Lone Star and Sunshine State. If you like this type of film at all, you will find it rewarding and quite worth your time.

It is amazing, though, how so many of the reviews attempt to not merely acknowledge the similarities to The Big Chill, but to elevate one film and denigrate the other. They come from very different places in terms of budget, stars and polish, but are both very fine films. In one sense, TBC is deeper in that the characters in that film have varied from their previous ideals (or at least it seems that way), a fact that lends a melancholy beneath the slickness that really isn't there in S7. However, a lot of people reach the age of the characters in S7 (they are all only about 30, younger than the characters in Chill) without yet having to really put things in perspective. The leads in S7 have become teachers, a predictable outcome. One other character has taken a job as an aide to a senator. J.T. is pursuing (or putting off pursuing) a musical career. The fact that this film views the characters before some of the inevitable conflicts in their lives have ripened actually makes it more subtle, and allows for the viewer to wonder where they will be in 5-10 years. Will the leads become Kevin Kline and Glenn Close? Will one of the characters die young and precipitate the life-examining session that occurs in Chill? I think the two films dovetail nicely together. To exalt one at the expense of the other is unnecessary and needlessly cynical.

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