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The visionary writer-director behind such films as Passion Fish, Lone Star and Sunshine State, OscarÂ(r)nominee* John Sayles has been at the forefront of the independent film movement for more than twenty years. In this, his 'triumphant directorial debut (Los Angeles Times), Sayles delivers an utterly engaging (Time) look at seven friends who reunite ten years after their radical college days for a dramatic, poignant and revelatory weekend. Hailedby critics as delightful (The Washington Post), irresistible (The Boston Globe) and a minor miracle (The San Francisco Examiner), Return of the Secaucus 7 inspired the later hit film The Big Chill and heralded the arrival of a brilliant new force in independent cinema. *1996: Original Screenplay, Lone Star; 1992: Original Screenplay, Passion Fish
John Sayles began his commendable directing career with this terrific portrait of 1960s counterculture survivors, now teetering on the brink of turning 30. A homegrown movie all the way, Return of the Secaucus Seven was made for around $60,000 of Sayles's own money (earned writing horror pictures such as Piranha). An effortlessly funny and thoughtful ensemble piece, Secaucus unmistakably provided the template for the bigger-budgeted The Big Chill: old friends reunite for a weekend to sort through fond memories, old resentments, and new problems. Sayles, longtime producing partner Maggi Renzi, and then-unknown David Strathairn are among the actors. The marvelous back-and-forth patter of the characters and the sprightly pacing show Sayles already had a sure sense of what he wanted on screen, and his mastery of the running gag is in place (the name Dwight won't ever sound quite the same again). This is the definition of "low-budget classic," from an indie pioneer. --Robert Horton
When this movie first came out, I saw it three times in week. My friends were visible in all of the characters. Very good movie made on a shoestring.Published 8 months ago by Kurt S.
SO much better than "The Big Chill" that lifted John Sayles' plot line. This one has poignancy, depicts increasing inequities, and avoids the Big Chill's annoying, treacly... Read morePublished 21 months ago by East Coast Transplant
Often compared with "The Big Chill", and getting numerous stars in many reviews, this film simply isn't even in the same universe with Kasdan's. Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Stanley M. Gilbert
Ten years after graduation, schoolies reunite to find something new of them through weekend and pillow talks.
Quite boring story.
When this movie first came out, my wife and I loved it! We also jumped on the whole Secaucus 7 vs. Big Chill bandwagon, with Secaucus 7 emerging as the clear winner. Read morePublished on November 27, 2011 by Fontaine Potts
To me this defines the so called "Baby Boomers" to a tee. A bunch of coddled, selfish, "educated", self absorbed, hedonistic, psuedo hipster, pseudo intellectual, liberal, upper... Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by Cwn_Annwn
I did not roder this for me. It was for someone else and the movie was not what she expected. Se went by the writer and thought it was like his other movies.Published on February 14, 2011 by Marcia Meeker
Could this much-imitated movie (it inspired "The Big Chill") already be almost 30 years old?
This low-budget entry from 1980 ushered in the directorial career of John... Read more