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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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Steve Bushak
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Chuck Greenwald
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Arthur Fleeber
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Lloyd Simpson
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Liz Armstrong
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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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$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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In the narration during the opening scene, Clark says his stepfather is head of the Friends of Fish and Wildlife, "an extremist pro-mammal group." Fish are not mammals. 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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"Mr. Brando's Skating Coach" is credited as "Sandra Bezic." See more »

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INTROIT: VIRI GALILAEI
Performed by Schola Cantorum of Amsterdam Students
Courtesy of Sony Classical U.S.A.
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This movie is an offer you can't refuse.
20 May 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In "The Freshman", Marlon Brando gets to spoof his most famous role as godfather Carmine "Jimmy the Toucan" Sabatini, who hires college freshman Clark Kellogg (Matthew Broderick) to start running errands. The movie's a great romp every step of the way, avoiding cheap gags in favor of a more complex plot. Every cast member gets time to develop his/her character, with a really neat conclusion. This is definitely one comedy that will not sleep with the fishes. Also starring Bruno Kirby, Penelope Ann Miller, Frank Whaley, B.D. Wong, Maximilian Schell and Bert Parks.

And the Mona Lisa...now THAT's a Da Vinci Code!


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