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The Freshman (1990)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  20 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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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 »

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$21,460,601 (USA)
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Frank Whaley's character likens the character "Big Leo" to a rather rotund former wrestler named William 'Haystacks' Calhoun. Whaley has no idea who Haystacks was, but writer/director Andrew Bergman (a wrestling fan in his youth) made up the line on the spot for Whaley. See more »

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The stolen Mona Lisa is much too big to be the real one. However, being a con artist, Tina might be lying to Clark. 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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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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SHUFFLE OFF TO BUFFALO
Written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren
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As graceful and charming a performance as he ever gave
27 December 2004 | by (New York NY) – See all my reviews

Word has it that Brando wasn't happy with the movie, but it's hard to see why. Bergman's ham-fisted humor hits the mark a lot more of the time than usual, the ensemble cast is fine (Matthew Broderick is always best in these kinds of settings, at least when it comes to movies), and the one major anachronistic gaffe (no mafia boss would have a photo of Mussolini in a place of honor on the wall - he locked 'em up and they hated him) is harmless in context.

But Brando is what makes the movie special: like a sprinkling of something heavenly on an otherwise earthbound enterprise. He's done far more brilliant work elsewhere, of course, but I can't think of another movie that caught just what a uniquely odd presence he was.

I'll say it again: As graceful and charming a performance as he ever gave. RIP, big man.


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