R | | Drama
Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, DC.
This film is considered a precursor (in theme, story and subject) to the larger-budget popular-soundtrack studio movie The Big Chill (1983) which was made a few years later. The film is often referred to being the inspiration for this movie but director Lawrence Kasdan denies ever having seen it before making The Big Chill (1983). Nonetheless, Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979) is considered the first of the modern wave of "friends reunion" movies and productions, this film being followed by The Big Chill (1983); Peter's Friends (1992); The Decline of the American Empire (1986); Everything Relative (1996); Indian Summer (1993); Grand Canyon (1991); The Myth of Fingerprints (1997); The Men's Club (1986); Beautiful Girls (1996); That Championship Season (1982) and the TV series Thirtysomething (1987). Interestingly, the reunion movies Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976) and September 30, 1955 (1977) predate Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979).
You people together?
J.T.: Uh-huh. We're in for, uh... What do you call deer murder?
Jeff Andrews: Bambicide.
J.T.: Right. Bambicide, right. And conspiracy to deprive a furry woodland creature of its civil rights.
Norman: Jacking deer, eh?
J.T.: What's your beef?
Norman: Drunk. Second time ...
Jeff Andrews: ...
Camera shadow on the ground during the basketball game when JT falls down.