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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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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 »
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(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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Cast

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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
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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
 
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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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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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The meaning of the word "Secaucus" and the phrase "Secaucus Seven" of the film's title is that is refers to the seven college friends of the sixties generation who made a an exit at a turnpike on the way to a demonstration rally in Washington, D.C to protest against the Vietnam War. The seven (amongst others) were stopped by police, arrested, detained and gaoled in Secaucus, New Jersey. "Secaucus" refers to the town Secaucus in New Jersey whilst "Secaucus Seven" references "The Chicago Seven". "The Chicago Seven" were 7 protesters who were charged with a number of offenses including conspiracy and inciting a riot during protests and demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.See more »
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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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Groundbreaking Indie Film, 17 December 2006
Author: divineangel from hollywood

Shocked that there's only three pages of comments for the film widely considered to be one of the fathers of the modern indie film movement. John Saylees used his b-movie money from Roger Corman (the best scripts written for him) and financed this weekend home movie that became a hit and launched Sayle's film career.

Some of the bad reviews are really unfounded. This has some of the best dialog in American film, and though the performances are not all polished, it adds to the reality. There's a sense of genuine community not like the Hollywoodized "Big Chill."

If you stick with the film you'll be rewarded by many nifty scenes and conversations. Gordon Clapp is fun and there are beautifully observed moments of wit and drama. Mark Arnett is particularly good and the moment he recites his litany of protest arrests is great. The film-making is raw, but that's not the point.

However, the DVD version is actually missing a scene on the VHS of the hamburgers being grilled to some sort of rhythmic montage. Why?

Anyway, if you're a fan of great dialog, political commitment, and what can be done for 40 grand and terrific writing, check this classic out.

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