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Return of the Secaucus Seven
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John Sayles (writer)
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Release Date:
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 »
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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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The 'Video Hounds Golden Movie Retriever' states that this film is "a less trendy predecessor of The Big Chill (1983) which audiences were, perhaps, not ready for."See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow on the ground during the basketball game when JT falls down.See more »
[last lines]
Katie Sipriano:What are we gonna do with all those eggs?
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Movie Connections:
References Bambi (1942)See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Did we all see the same film?, 7 March 2006
Author: niohc from United States

Some of the comments about "Return" are amazingly vitriolic and appear to have been written by people who hate independent films in general, or who hate "reunion" movies, or who hate low-budget movies, etc., etc., etc. If your comfort zone is Hollywood films with predictable plots and pretty, more or less interchangeable faces you've seen over and over, why watch this film at all?

There are also some misstatements of fact among the comments--it is amazing that someone thinks that "The Big Chill," a blatant piece of Hollywood plagiarism, preceded and inspired this film--but particularly off base is the remark that few of the actors in the film have many additional credits. Yes, there are several actors with only one to three credits. But more than half of them have numerous credits, some as many as 90, and some as writers and producers as well as actors. Furthermore, many of the credits are excellent--most of the TV credits, for example, are for series that are critically acclaimed. In addition, four or five of the actors are well known and respected in the business, whether they are household names or not. If you can use IMDb well enough to make comments, you can also check the accuracy of such statements before making them.

The film may not seem gripping now, since the reunion thing has been done to death. But it is a very important movie, in terms of advancing the popular acceptance of independent films and, of course, launching John Sayles' brilliant career, one which has contributed in a major way to the culture of this country and indeed the world. And it is still good watching for those who do not expect all films to be about action.

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