Return of the Secaucus Seven

Synopsis: The Secaucus 7 of the film's title are seven friends who, during their college days, were arrested in New Jersey on their way to a protest in Washington. The film takes place ten years after all that, as the friends gather at the home of Mike and Katie, now schoolteachers in New Hampshire, bringing with them old problems and new: Maura has left Jeff and seeks consolation with his best friend, J.T.; J.T., arguably the least successful of the friends, finally gets the courage to move to Los Angeles to start a career as a songwriter; Irene brings her new boyfriend along, hoping he'll like and be liked by her friends and expecting them to challenge him for his more-conservative politics; and more. This is the film that inspired "The Big Chill."
Genre: Drama
Director(s): John Sayles
Production: IFC Films
  3 wins & 3 nominations.
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104 min

-Mike! Hey! Mike! Michael!

-Hey, you guys!

-Frances, you look terrific.

-So do you.

-I wasn't expecting either of you yet.

-I stayed at my sister's in Boston last night.

-Did you come up together?


I was hitchhiking, and this

beautiful woman pulls up.

Yeah, sure, I've heard that one

before. How's med school treating you?

Well, doctors are assholes

mostly, but what else is new?

Listen, I've got this

pain in my chest--

Don't start.

Hey, Irene and Chip here yet?

Chip! That's it. I

was trying to remember.

Katie said it was Skip, I said

it was Biff. What's he like?

I don't know. I only met him

once. He seemed a little...


What do you mean, straight?

Well, I don't know, he's....

Like prep-school straight or Army

straight or political straight, or what?

Well, he works for

that senator's office.

Well, so does Irene. She's not straight.

Straighter than she used to be.

Just pile it in the corner, J.T.

You got the floor again, sorry.

Hell, I've been on more

floors than Johnson's Wax.

J.T., you're the original

Westchester cowboy.

You got the couch, Frances. We

figured we'd give the newly-whatevers--

We figured we'd give

them the other bedroom.

Get yourself a steady woman, J.T.,

and you can kiss the linoleum goodbye.

So, what is he? Boy Scout

straight? Plaid-pants straight?


"Jacking and stowage instructions.


Follow jacking and stowage instructions.

Use the jack only

when changing the wheels.

Never get under the

car when using the jack.

Do not start or run the

engine while the car is on the jack."


A little.

Just act naturally.

You just told me I should loosen up.

Right. You should just act naturally and

like you always do, except a little looser.

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John Sayles

John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an American independent film director, screenwriter, editor, actor and novelist. He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Passion Fish (1992) and Lone Star (1996). His film Men with Guns (1997) has been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. His directorial debut, Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980), has been added to the National Film Registry. more…

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