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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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An innocent kid. An experienced mobster. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship. 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?


The quote should actually say, "Will the owner of the reptile please report to the information desk?" See more »


In the large room with Greenwald and Simpson, when Clark is seen from the front, there is a big barrel just behind him. But when he is seen from behind, the barrel is away from him. 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 »


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Written by Julian Orbon, José Fernández Díaz, Hector Angulo and José Martí
Arranged by Pete Seeger and Carmine Coppola
Adapted by Carmine Coppola
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13 November 2000 | by (Louisiana) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies, one I can watch and enjoy on repeated viewing. All the actors really bought into the tone of the movie, which tells me that the director had a clear vision and was able to communicate it to the cast. Brando is brilliant, as usual, and I find his performance to be highly entertaining in that he spoofed his Godfather persona so effectively. I always enjoy seeing (and hearing--love his voice) Bruno Kirby, and I especially like that he was cast in a movie about the Godfather, given the fact that he had played the young Clemenza in the Godfather II. Penelope Miller also played her part well--I especially liked her character's behavior toward Matthew Broderick's character as she assumed he was going to marry her and be part of the family. Her exasperation with Broderick ("This isn't the Clark I know") was great.

Then there's Matthew Broderick. This is the last movie he made that I truly enjoyed. He is absolutely perfect in this part. His part calls for him to portray his earnest and trusting personality, his loyalty to Brando's character and to the job he agreed to perform, his growing fondness and respect for Brando's character, and his confusion about perhaps having given his respect to such a disreputable character. Broderick carries off all these aspects of his role, yet shows the strength of character to be able to help solve all his problems by the movie's end.

Or, he could have ended up as Rodolfo Lasparri of Palermo, Sicily.

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