===Story=== 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''
|Gordon Clapp||Chip Hollister|
|Mark Arnott||Jeff Andrews|
|David Strathairn||Ron Desjardins|