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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  »

Box Office


$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 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 The Holiday (2006) See more »


Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Bert Parks
Produced by Don Was and David Was
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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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