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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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Director:
Writer:
John Sayles (writer)
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Release Date:
5 September 1980 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
Awards:
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(23 articles)
Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Big Chill
 (From Disc Dish. 16 April 2014, 4:04 PM, PDT)

Cartagena to honour John Sayles, Clive Owen
 (From ScreenDaily. 24 February 2014, 2:34 AM, PST)

Review: Go For Sisters Is an Easy-Going Character Drama from John Sayles
 (From Twitch. 7 November 2013, 7:00 AM, PST)

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What a great film! See more (37 total) »

Cast

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

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

Gordon Clapp ... Chip Hollister
Jean Passanante ... Irene Rosenblue
Karen Trott ... Maura Tolliver

Mark Arnott ... Jeff Andrews

David Strathairn ... Ron Desjardins

John Sayles ... Howie
Marisa Smith ... Carol
Amy Schewel ... Lacey Summers
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 .... chief grip
David Arndt .... gaffer
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 .... title 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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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2006) | USA:R

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According to 'Film Threat', this film " . . . was the first successful American independent film to attract wide attention without the benefit of shock value, intense theatrics or snob appeal . . . it became a hit on the art-house circuit and opened the door for an entire movement [of independent filmmaking]."See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow on the ground during the basketball game when JT falls down.See more »
Quotes:
Norman:Take all of you people to nail one buck?
Chip Hollister:It was just lying there with its feet tied together.
Norman:Must've been an easy shot, then.
[They laugh]
Norman:How many points?
Chip Hollister:I didn't count.
Norman:You're not from here, are you?
Chip Hollister:No. Just Mike.
Norman:Lucky sons of bitches. I been jacking deer in these woods all my life. Never stumbled across one that was gift-wrapped!
Officer:Norman!
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Barbecue RagSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
What a great film!, 24 August 2000
Author: (alexhall@mail.med.upenn.edu) from Philadelphia

This is what good moviemaking is about. If you are looking for million-dollar cost overruns, over-rated movie stars, the same crop of (yawn) "special" effects and trite action-movie plots and dialog, look elsewhere. This is young John Sayles doing his absolute best with limited resources. The characters are realistic, the dialog brilliant yet believable and the script does an excellent job of handling the subject of not only growing up, but growing older with a bittersweet sense of humor.

For years I heard this film described as The Big Chill only three years earlier. A pretty accurate description. The plot and characters are similar, but Return of the Secaucus 7 has more layers, and provides more random "slice of life" scenes. Whilst watching this film, you can't help the feeling you know these people, or someone like them. Sayles manages to prove that real life situations can be interesting, funny and touching; unexpected moments can start a chain of life-altering events.

The New Hampshire scenery is beautiful – nice to see something shot anywhere other than NYC or a Hollywood back lot. A testament to friendship, fun and low-budget filmmaking.

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