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The Freshman (1990)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  27 July 1990 (USA)
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Clark Kellogg is a young man starting his first year at film school in New York City. After a small time crook steals all his belongings, Clark meets Carmine "Jimmy the Toucan" Sabatini, an... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Ray
Steve Bushak
Chuck Greenwald
Arthur Fleeber
Lloyd Simpson
Dwight Armstrong
Pamela Payton-Wright ...
Liz Armstrong
Bert Parks ...
Bert Parks
Tex Konig ...


Clark Kellogg is a young man starting his first year at film school in New York City. After a small time crook steals all his belongings, Clark meets Carmine "Jimmy the Toucan" Sabatini, an "importer" bearing a startling resemblance to a certain cinematic godfather. When Sabatini makes Clark an offer he can't refuse, he finds himself caught up in a caper involving endangered species and fine dining. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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An innocent kid. An experienced mobster. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship. See more »


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Release Date:

27 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akil hocasi  »

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$21,460,601 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Marlon Brando plays a character who they supposedly modeled Don Corleone from The Godfather (1972) after. Bruno Kirby (who plays Brando's nephew) played the young Clemenza in The Godfather: Part II (1974). See more »


When Carmine Sabatini comes and visits the dorm room, the closet door that Clark closes right before he arrives is seen partially open and completely shut in different shots from different angles. See more »


[first lines]
Dwight Armstrong, Clark's Step-father: Over there! Look!
Clark Kellogg: Dwight?
Dwight Armstrong, Clark's Step-father: Shh!
Clark Kellogg: Dwight, don't. Don't, really.
[Dwight fires his rifle]
Hunter: Hey, asshole! What are ya, nuts? You can't see the cap, it's not orange enough for ya?
[Dwight fires again]
Dwight Armstrong, Clark's Step-father: Get out of these woods!
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Crazy Credits

"Mr. Brando's Skating Coach" is credited as "Sandra Bezic." See more »


Spoofs Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »


Performed by Schola Cantorum of Amsterdam Students
Courtesy of Sony Classical U.S.A.
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Brando is mesmerising
4 April 2007 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Happened to see THE FRESHMAN over the weekend for the umpteenth time. It is one of Brando's all time greats and proves once and for all that the man (Brando) was capable of everything. This is a comedy, a movie which has you in splits.

for those of you who have not seen this film, it released in 1990 and the plot is as follows: Mathew Broderick comes to new york and joins a film school as a freshman. within 21 minutes of him landing in new york he is robbed of everything by a delightful Bruno Kirby (the young clemenza in godfather 2). Well Broderick happens to see Kirby a couple of days later and confronts him. Kirby tells him that he will make up for the pain he has caused Broderick and takes him to meet his uncle - Carmine Sabitini (marlon brando).

You all will be asking what is so interesting about this. Well here goes, Carmine Sabitinis is the man on whom DON VIT CORLEONE is based one. Brando is spoofing his most famous role ( according to American FILM Institute the greatest character of all time). The film is full of godfather jokes and is downright clever and hilarious. Brando and Broderick jam well with each other. There is a scene where brando ice skates and it is like god ice skating.

what is remarkable about this film is that one of the all time classics is being spoofed, the chances of it being horrible are huge as the bulls eye is small and very far, but brando and the director hit it smack in the middle.

one of my favourite films with a classic one liner from brando - when he visits brodrick in the college hostel - if this is college, i dint miss much.

for those who have not seen it, catch it, its an intelligent comedy.

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