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College friends reunite for a New England summer weekend in this low-budget first feature by accomplished independent filmmaker John Sayles. A predecessor of the well-paced, character-driven films in Sayles' future, Secaucus Seven also looks ahead to the 1980s ensemble movies that it inspired, most notably Lawrence Kasdan's Lawrence Kasdan, which arrived in theaters three years later. As each friend arrives at the house (or travels to the house), characterizations build, dialogue expands, and the house (and film) are full of people getting reacquainted and re-examining themselves and each other. Sayles builds the plot by testing the characters' connections: Will these former radicals accept the uptight boyfriend of the well-loved politico? What happens when a couple splits up? How does the educated set treat the local blue-collars? Many critics cited Secaucus Seven in their decade-end list of the best films of the 1980s. ~ Norm Schrager, Rovi

  • Release date:September 5, 1980

Awards

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Category
Year
Status
Los Angeles Film Critics Association John Sayles Best Screenplay 1980 Winner

Cast

Maggie Renzi
as Katie
Adam Le Fevre
as J.T.
Gordon Clapp
as Chip
Jean Passanante
as Irene
Karen Trott
as Maura
Mark Arnott
as Jeff
David Strathairn
as Ron
John Sayles
as Howie
Marisa Smith
as Carol
Brian Johnson
as Norman
Jeffrey Nelson
as The Man
Carolyn Brooks
as Meg
Nancy Mette
as Lee

Crew

John Sayles
Director
Jeffrey Nelson
Producer
William Aydelott
Producer
John Sayles
Screenwriter
Austin de Besche
Cinematographer
Mason K. Daring
Composer (Music Score)
John Sayles
Editor
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