Return of the Secaucus Seven (1980)
Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.
Several years before Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill covered similar territory, John Sayles made his directorial debut with this study of a group of 1960s student activists who meet again years later to share and assess their post-collegiate lives.
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Critic Reviews for Return of the Secaucus Seven
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.
Audience Reviews for Return of the Secaucus Seven
A dull kind of proto-mumblecore that nonetheless has moments of insight and sincerity.
Well before "The Big Chill" came along, John Sayles made this terrific low-budget film. If you are looking for slick-filmmaking go elsewhere. If you want something that is different, and for me far more believable, than most Hollywood films try this one. 2 Stars 10-26-13
A film that is more important as a piece of film history than it is a good film.
What it really is, is...nice. Well directed, but clearly low budget. A fun story full of drama, a bit of comedy and a very young David Statham. Worth checking out.
and don't believe the gossip, while it predates Big Chill it neither inspired it, nor is it the first of the "old friends get together and..." genre.
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