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The Freshman (1990)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 27 July 1990 (USA)
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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Steve Bushak
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Chuck Greenwald
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Arthur Fleeber
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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 "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 »

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$205,876 (USA) (22 July 1990)

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$21,460,601 (USA)
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The name of Dustin Hoffman's character in Family Business (1989), which co-starred actor Matthew Broderick, was "Vito," which was arguably a nod to crime boss Don Vito Corleone, from The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974). This was perhaps a deliberate piece of irony, as the middle male of the three McMullen family members, Vito was the only one of the three who was not criminally-minded. Actor Matthew Broderick co-starred the following year with Marlon Brando, who had played Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972), in The Freshman (1990), where Brando engaged in a self-parody of his Vito Corleone characterization, which had won him an Academy Award for Best Actor for The Godfather (1972). See more »

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When Clark is talking to his mother on the phone about the Komodo Dragon, she leafs through an animal book, asks if it begins with a 'K', and reads off a few animal names in the 'K' section on the way to Komodo Dragon - one of which is Coatimundi which begins with 'C', not 'K'. See more »

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[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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MONA LISA
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By arrangement of CEMA Special Markets
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Highly enjoyable
14 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a very funny movie that casts Matthew Broderick as a new-to-the-city college kid who gets mixed up with a shady character named Vic right after he arrives. Through a series of events, he becomes involved with Vic's family, which include Uncle Carmine and his daughter Tina.

Everyone is perfectly suited to his role and even Brando appears to be having a lot of fun with his own image. The supporting cast is worth mentioning - especially Paul Benedict as an obnoxious college professor, and Maximillian Shell as a business associate of Carmine Sabatini.

This is ultimately a touching movie about loyalty and family, and it sure is fun.

You even get to see the Mona Lisa if you watch this movie!


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