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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

Cast

Adam LeFevreJ.T.
Gordon ClappChip Hollister
Mark ArnottJeff Andrews
David StrathairnRon Desjardins
John SaylesHowie

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: John Sayles
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 110 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 5, 1980
    AustraliaJun 3, 1982
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 26, 2003
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