Return of the Secaucus 7 is a 1980 drama film written and directed by John Sayles and starring Bruce MacDonald, Maggie Renzi, Adam LeFevre, Maggie Cousineau, Gordon Clapp, Jean Passanante, and others.[2] The film tells the story of seven friends who spend a weekend together in New Hampshire. The weekend is marred by the break-up of a relationship between two of the friends. This causes a ripple effect among the group and brings up old desires and problems.

The picture was thought to have inspired The Big Chill (1983), which is a more widely known film with a similar storyline.[3] However, writer/director Lawrence Kasdan has denied having seen Return of the Secaucus 7 before working on The Big Chill.[4]

Cast

  • Bruce MacDonald as Mike Donnelly
  • Maggie Renzi as Katie Sipriano
  • Adam LeFevre as J.T.
  • Maggie Cousineau as Frances Carlson
  • Gordon Clapp as Chip Hollister
  • Jean Passanante as Irene Rosenblum
  • Karen Trott as Maura Tolliver
  • Mark Arnott as Jeff Andrews
  • David Strathairn as Ron Desjardins
  • John Sayles as Howie
  • Marisa Smith as Carol
  • Amy Schewel as Lacey Summers
  • Carolyn Brooks as Meg
  • Eric Forsythe as Captain
  • Nancy Mette as Lee

Reception

Critical response

Film critic Emanuel Levy liked the film and wrote, "The movie became influential, launching a cycle of "reunion" films, which included The Big Chill and the TV series Thirtysomething. As a portrait of disenchantment, Return was more authentic and honest than Lawrence Kasdan's star-studded Big Chill...A rueful movie about unexceptional lives that have prematurely grown stale, Secaucus is a bit commonplace, lacking genuine drama. But Sayles uses effectively a discursive, episodic format; he constructs strong scenes with resonant dialogue. The characters are complex and individually distinguished by speech, gesture, and manner."[5]

Critic Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat wrote, "Here's a nice little movie about the baby boom generation...Novelist John Sayles wrote, directed, and edited this movie. It is a labor of love. We watch these laidback individuals share their stories and reminisce about the past...But 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. Return of the Secaucus Seven leaves one with a rueful feeling about this generation."[6]

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 80% of critics gave the film a positive review, based on eleven reviews.[7]

Accolades

Wins

Nominations

Other distinctions

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gerry Molyneaux, "John Sayles, Renaissance Books, 2000 p 37
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  3. Lingan, John. Slant Magazine, August 30, 2010. Accessed: August 18, 2013.
  4. Big Chill screening, the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 20, 2006.
  5. Levy, Emanuel. Emanuel Levy Film Reviews, 2004–2008. Accessed: February 25, 2008.
  6. Brussat, Frederic and Mary Ann. Spirituality & Practice, film review, 1970–2007. Accessed: February 25, 2008.
  7. Return of the Secaucus 7 at Rotten Tomatoes. Accessed: February 25, 2008.
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External links

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