Return of the Secaucus Seven (1980)
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College friends reunite for a New England summer weekend in this low-budget first feature by accomplished independent filmmaker John Sayles. A predecessor of the well-paced, character-driven films in Sayles' future, Secaucus Seven also looks ahead to the 1980s ensemble movies that it inspired, most notably Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill, which arrived in theaters three years later. As each friend arrives at the house (or travels to the house), characterizations build, dialogue expands, and the
Sep 5, 1980 Wide
Sep 16, 2003
Adam Le Fevre
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Preeiding the glitzy Big Chill by three years, John Sayles' first feature offers a poignant look at the reunion of 1960s activists; there's not much to look at this talking heads feature, which was shot for $40,000, but the dialogue is good.
The much praised film upon its release, a tribute to indie filmmaking, seems to have badly dated.
The sort of small-scale, sharply observed character drama Sayles' admirers know and love.
Return of the Secaucus Seven delivers a rueful portrait of a handful of members of the baby boom generation.
Fresh, smart, endearing.
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