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The Freshman (1990)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 27 July 1990 (USA)
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A NYC film school student accepts a job with a local mobster who resembles a famous cinema godfather and who takes the young man under his wing, after demanding total loyalty.



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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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He was on his way to the Dean's List, but he wound up on the hit list. See more »


Comedy | Crime


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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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Did You Know?


Robert Downey Jr. was offered the role of Clark Kellogg but passed. See more »


When Clark finds the "social club" to meet Carmine Sabatini the windows on either side of the door metal security curtains pulled down, yet when Clark leaves there is bright light shining through the windows. 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 The Godfather (1972) See more »


Written by M.C. Ren, Ice Cube, Eazy-E & Dr. Dre
Performed by NWA (as N.W.A.)
Courtesy of Ruthless/Priority Records
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An underrated pleasure
22 June 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

A small, delightful film, which let's Brando playfully deconstruct his Vito Corleone. Full of laughs and surprises, it accomplishes its goal of being a small, funny coming of age story as admirably as Godfather accomplishes its grander goals. The coincidences build on each other as in a Pynchon novel. And the scattered references to the Curious George books turn out to have a funny payoff as well.

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