Return of the Secaucus 7

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Seven baby boomers with ties to the antiwar movement of the '60s get together for a weekend at the home of teachers Mike (Bruce MacDonald) and Katie (Maggie Renzi). What should be a peaceful reunion, however, is rife with drama. Longtime couple Jeff (Mark Arnott) and Maura (Karen Trott) are separating, speechwriter Irene (Jean Passanante) is self-conscious about her conservative boyfriend (Gordon Clapp), and Frances (Maggie Cousineau) has a flirtation with a local mechanic (David Strathairn).

Cast & Crew

Mark Arnott
Jeff Andrews
Gordon Clapp
Chip Hollister
Maggie Cousineau
Frances Carlson
Jean Passanante
Irene Rosenblue
Maggie Renzi
Katie Sipriano
David Strathairn
Ron Des Gargans
Mason Daring
Original Music
Austin De Besche
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John Sayles
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Critic Reviews for Return of the Secaucus Seven

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Audience Reviews for Return of the Secaucus Seven

  • Jan 11, 2014
    A dull kind of proto-mumblecore that nonetheless has moments of insight and sincerity.
    Sam B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2013
    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
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2010
    John Sayles' directorial debut provides a poignant look at the baby boom generation -- a reunion of 1960s activists. Back in the 1960s, seven restless friends, the children of Kennedy and Abbie Hoffman, were burning with worthy causes like the War on Poverty and Vietnam. They smoked dope, engaged in affairs--and talked politics. They took off for Washington to march on the Pentagon, but only got as far as Secaucus where they were arrested on a phony charge and spent a night in the local cooler. Dubbing themselves "The Secaucus Seven," they missed the big event in the capitol, but the experience strengthened their bonds. Now, a decade later, they come together for a reunion weekend in New England, hosted by Mike and Kate, both teachers. T.J., who still dreams of becoming a folk-singer, arrives with his guitar. Irene, who once had an affair with T.J., brings her new preppie lover, Chipp. Maura, having left Jeff, is also alone. Jeff, a former Vista volunteer who now works with drug addicts, is almost tempted to try drugs himself. It's apparent that these baby boomers can't handle tension; the rift between Jeff and Maura sends tremors through the weekend. And although they put up a front of having a good time, one senses that things haven't turned out well for them -- either in terms of meaningful relationships or in terms of personal fulfillment. It's the story of a weekend reunion of a large group of old friends with complexly interconnecting life histories. In fact, watching it is like walking into a party with a bunch of strangers who all know each other and trying to digest who's married to who, who's sleeping with (or has slept with) who, who's friends, who has old scores to settle and so on. It's confusing and it reveals itself to be sloppily made, overwritten, and horrendously performed (with the exception of David Strathairn and Gordon Clapp).
    Cinema F Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2010
    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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