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Aro Favourite Return of the Secaucus 7


USA 1980, 104 minutes
Dir. John Sayles
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Drama, Comedy / Independent

Topics: Politics.


Aroview: In his feature debut, writer-director John Sayles demonstrates a wisdom way beyond his years with this ‘do-it-yourself’ ensemble piece that came to spearhead the American ‘independent’ film movement of the 80s and 90s.

Also a direct (and obvious) inspiration for the Hollywood hit, THE BIG CHILL, this too is about a group of politicised high-school friends of the late 1960s who, now approaching thirty, reunite over a summer weekend. Brimming with Sayles’ characteristically rich (and atypically funny) dialogue and admirable humanism, this stands as more than a curiosity for fans of his work, and rewarding for anyone else who ever reflected on their youthful ideals.

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DVD Features

Available to purchase as part of the 'Essential John Sayles' boxset.

  • audio commentary
  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • aspect ratio: 4:3 (original academy)

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