Return of the Secaucus Seven
Return of the Secaucus Seven (1980)

Antedating The Big Chill by three years, this engaging drama by independent director John Sayles was the first American film to take a group of former radicals and plunge them back together again many years later. Originally, seven of the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 5, 1980
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2003
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The much praised film upon its release, a tribute to indie filmmaking, seems to have badly dated.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom

Fresh, smart, endearing.

Cole Smithey

This film is an exquisite time capsule of New Hampshire culture circa 1980. Dig the Tretorn tennis shoes.

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Rob Gonsalves

The sort of small-scale, sharply observed character drama Sayles' admirers know and love.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

a peculiarly literate lack of focus indicative of a brilliant novelist moonlighting, at this point, as a filmmaker.

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Fernando F. Croce

Granola theater on the cusp of the New Right

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Return of the Secaucus Seven delivers a rueful portrait of a handful of members of the baby boom generation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
A dull kind of proto-mumblecore that nonetheless has moments of insight and sincerity.
Cinema Films
John Sayles' directorial debut provides a poignant look at the baby boom generation -- a reunion of 1960s activists. Back in the 1960s, seven restless… More
Bruce Bruce
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… More
Ken Stachnik
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… More