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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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Groundbreaking 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
 
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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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Trivia:
This is the film which is attributed as being the genesis of a modern movie genre generally known as the friends reunion comedy-drama movie or to be more genre-specific, the baby boomers reunion movie.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow on the ground during the basketball game when JT falls down.See more »
Quotes:
Frances Carlson:You know, I can't imagine you guys teaching. I mean, is it the same old stuff we got?
Mike Donnelly:Well, I start the year with the Boston Police Strike.
Irene Rosenblue:They let you teach *that*?
Mike Donnelly:They let you teach just about anything, so long as you keep the students from knifing each other.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Coast to CoastSee more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Groundbreaking, 27 June 2008
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

John Sayles made this film for only $60,000 and only one person in the film had any previous acting experience. It's just amazing how well this turned out. It's about a couple (Mike and Katie) who invite all their college friends to spending the weekend in a cabin in New Hampshire. They all spent their college years as radicals...and now they're all turning 30. We learn who they were and how they are now. No big catastrophes or changes are made with any of the characters--we just see how these former radicals are now dealing with life. Sounds boring but I found it absolutely fascinating. The acting is all natural and realistic--I found myself actually believing these people all have been friends for 10+ years! The dialogue was sharp and on target...but John Sayles has always been a master at writing great scripts.

I was in my first year of college when this came out. It was a HUGE hit in Boston (I believe it played at one independent cinema for over a year!) and I saw it again and again. Even though I was too young to really identify with the characters (their moaning about turning 30 struck me as silly) I was fascinated by their characters and situations. They do discuss issues that were relevant in 1980--that's probably what I found so interesting. Seeing it now (28 years later) it's dated (of course) but still fascinating. The references to late 70s issues, politicians and life style may confuse younger viewers. Also it was interesting to see that casual sex and drug taking is shown as being OK! I also liked the surprising and casual male nudity in a skinny dipping sequence. (None of the female actors get nude but it seems the guys had no problem). This was later remade (sort of) in Hollywood as "The Big Chill". "The Big Chill" is an excellent COMMERCIAL film...this is an excellent independent film. This made John Sayles and is also David Strathairn's first film! Absolutely fascinating motion picture. I wish Sayles had revisited these characters again in 1990 and 2000--by the end I was really wondering what happened to this people. A one of a kind and a groundbreaking independent film that was very profitable. A must see!

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