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 <>

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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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During post-production, Marlon Brando publicly condemned the film and claimed it would be the biggest turkey of all time. This was because Brando asked for an additional $1 million when the shoot was extended an extra week. When the producers refused, Brando threatened to badmouth the film in the press. They still refused and Brando followed through with his threat. The following day, the producers paid Brando the money and Brando publicly praised the film. See more »


When Clark takes the Amtrak train from Vermont to New York he arrives in Grand Central Station. Although today these trains arrive at Penn Station, when the movie was filmed they did not. 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 »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jeff Goldblum/Aerosmith (1993) See more »


Written by Cesare A. Bixio (as Cesare Andrea Bixio) and Ennio Neri (as E. Neri)
Performed by Ferruccio Tagliavini
Courtesy of BMG Ariola S.p.A.
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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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