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Writer (WGA):
Andrew Bergman (written by)
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Release Date:
27 July 1990 (USA) See more »
An innocent kid. An experienced mobster. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship. See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Carmine Sabatini

Matthew Broderick ... Clark Kellogg

Bruno Kirby ... Victor Ray

Penelope Ann Miller ... Tina Sabatini

Frank Whaley ... Steve Bushak

Jon Polito ... Chuck Greenwald

Paul Benedict ... Arthur Fleeber

Richard Gant ... Lloyd Simpson

Kenneth Welsh ... Dwight Armstrong
Pamela Payton-Wright ... Liz Armstrong

BD Wong ... Edward

Maximilian Schell ... Larry London
Bert Parks ... Bert Parks
Tex Konig ... Leo

Leonardo Cimino ... Lorenzo

Gianni Russo ... Maitre D' Gourmet Club
Warren Davis ... Father Frank
Vera Lockwood ... Aunt Angelina
Jefferson Mappin ... Hunter
Daniel Dion ... Gas Attendant
Marnie Edwards ... Mall Mother
Doug Silberstein ... Mr. Glassman

James Millington ... FBI Man (as J.H. Millington)
Drake Arden ... Student in Fleeber Classroom
David Stratton ... Student in Fleeber Classroom
Geraldine Quinn ... Student in Fleeber Classroom
Derek Mitchell ... Student in Fleeber Classroom
Joe Ingoldsby ... Waiter in Restaurant
Adrienne Howe ... Mall Patron
Patricia Andrews ... Mall Patron
Edward Roy ... Mall Patron
Amanda Smith ... Mall Patron

Andrew Airlie ... Mall Patron

Daniel DeSanto ... Mall Patron
Wendy Dickson ... Mall Patron
Christina Trivett ... Mall Patron
Fifi Donahue ... Information Booth Lady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Cazale ... Fredo Corleone (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio ... Mall Patron (uncredited)

Louis Perez ... Lookout (uncredited)
David Was ... Keyboarder for Gourmet Club Party Band (uncredited)

Don Was ... Guitarist for Gourmet Club Party Band (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Bergman 
Writing credits
Andrew Bergman (written by)

Produced by
Mike Lobell .... producer
Original Music by
David Newman 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Barry Malkin 
Casting by
Mike Fenton 
Lynda Gordon 
Judy Taylor 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
Art Direction by
Alicia Keywan 
Set Decoration by
Gordon Sim 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
Makeup Department
James D. Brown .... hair stylist (as James Brown)
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist: New York
Patricia Green .... makeup artist
Phil Rhodes .... hair / makeup: Mr. Brando
Production Management
Christopher Cronyn .... unit production manager: New York
Lacia Kornylo .... production manager
Michael MacDonald .... executive in charge of production
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie A. Bloom .... second assistant director: New York
Cynthia Clayton .... third assistant director
Louis D'Esposito .... first assistant director
David McLennan .... second second assistant director
Tom Quinn .... second assistant director
Carol Bawer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mark D. Currie .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Lisa Stein .... DGA trainee: New York (uncredited)
Art Department
Guenter Bartlik .... head scenic artist
Gary J. Brink .... set decorator: New York
Ken Clark .... props
Dan Davis .... art director: New York
Paul Harding .... property master
Bill Harman .... construction coordinator
Joan Krawczyk .... fine art recreation: Mona Lisa
Doug McLean .... first assistant art director (as Douglas McLean)
Marlene Rain .... set dressing buyer
Walter Stocklin .... property master: New York
Gordon White .... first assistant art director (as Gord White)
Michael Zansky .... chargeman scenic artist: New York
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Louis Bertini .... sound editor (as Lou Bertini)
Elisha Birnbaum .... foley artist
David Boulton .... adr recordist
Patricia Bowers .... assistant sound editor (as Trissy Bowers)
Elliot Deitch .... sound editor
Elizabeth Dellureficio .... assistant sound editor
Dan Edelstein .... assistant sound editor
Joseph Gutowski .... assistant adr editor
Michael Jacobi .... adr editor
Neil L. Kaufman .... sound editor (as Neil Kaufman)
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Dan Korintus .... assistant sound editor
Richard Lightstone .... sound mixer
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Scanlon .... boom operator: New York
Ira Spiegel .... sound editor
Jim Thompson .... boom operator
David Wahnon .... apprentice sound editor
Brian Vancho .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects supervisor (as Neil Trifunovich)
Shelley Cook .... stunts (as Shelly Cook)
David R. Ellis .... stunt coordinator
John Stead .... stunts
John Stoneham Sr. .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Abraham .... first assistant camera: New York
Stephen S. Campanelli .... steadicam operator (as Stephen Campanelli)
Robert Daprato .... second grip
Tony Eldridge .... best boy
Russell Engels .... gaffer: New York (as Russell W. Engels)
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Chris Holmes .... gaffer
Eric Holmes .... rigging gaffer
Cal Kohne .... rigging grip
Michael Kohne .... key grip
Larry McConkey .... steadicam operator: New York
Harald Ortenburger .... camera operator
George Patsos .... key grip: New York
Thom Ryan .... first assistant camera (as Thom Byan)
Dave C. Sheridan .... second assistant camera (as Dave Sheridan)
Casting Department
Karen Hazzard .... casting: Canada
Joni Kearney .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim W. Chow .... wardrobe master
Aleida MacDonald .... assistant to costume designer
Robert Musco .... wardrobe supervisor: New York (as Robert F. Musco)
Rose Trimarco .... wardrobe supervisor: New York (as Rose Trimarco Cuervo)
Editorial Department
Dana Congdon .... second assistant editor
Peter B. Ellis .... first assistant editor
Ron Lambert .... color timer
Robin Russell .... location assistant editor
Location Management
Beth Boigon .... location manager
Marc Dassas .... location manager
Charles Miller .... location manager: New York
Jason V. Rodney .... location manager
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... scoring mixer
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... music editor
Harlan Goodman .... music supervisor
Tom Villano .... supervising music editor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jim Kennedy .... transportation captain (as James Kennedy)
Craig S. Kohne .... transportation captain
Nick Sweetman .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Jody Arenberg .... assistant: Mr. Lobell (as Jodie Arenberg)
Caroline Barrett .... assistant: Mr. Brando
Sandra Bezic .... skating coach: Mr. Brando
Shelley A. Boylen .... production coordinator (as Shelley Boylen-Wakefield)
Jim Brockett .... lizard trainer and supplier
Dominique Bruballa .... production accountant
Susanna David .... script supervisor
John Davis .... production assistant
David Dreishpoon .... craft services: New York
Cindy Evans .... assistant: Mr. Lobell
Arlene Hellerman .... assistant: Mr. Bergman
Shelley Kirkwood .... unit publicist
Rocco Musacchia .... technical advisor: New York
Rick Parker .... animal wrangler
Gina Perry .... lizard trainer and supplier
Tammy Quinn .... production secretary (as Tammy Quinn Clarke)
Marie Rhodes .... dialogue coach: Mr. Brando
Charlane Rutherford .... assistant: Mr. Bergman
Jules Sylvester .... lizard trainer and supplier
Debra Tanklow .... production office coordinator: New York
Julia Weinstein .... assistant: Mr. Lobell
James Patrick Whalen Jr. .... teamster captain: New York (as James P. Whalen)
Anne Wootten .... choreographer (as Anne Wooten)
Marc Baron .... double: Matthew Broderick (uncredited)
Jim Chad .... stand-in (uncredited)
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Pat Scott .... the producers wish to thank (as Patricia Reed Scott)
Crew believed to be complete

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102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Victor Ray gives Clark Kellogg an Italian passport with the name "Rodolfo Lassparri", the name of a character from A Night at the Opera (1935).See more »
Factual errors: The 40 or so "gourmets" pay Brando's character $350K per plate for their meal, or $14 million. The money is later seen in $100 bills and partially fills a small leather satchel. Actually $14 million in $100-bill stacks would equal the thickness of 280 reams of paper, or an amount that would probably fill 15-20 of those leather satchels.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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Movie Connections:
Spoofs On the Waterfront (1954)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A comedy no one can refuse ..., 26 June 2012
Author: ElMaruecan82 from France

How many actors could have parodied their most classic roles without falling into the caricature? Think about it: while it takes a certain talent to make a performance that elevates a character to a legendary status, overplaying enough to make it comical but never over the top is the ultimate proof of acting genius. And only Marlon Brando could have got away with playing his most iconic character, the Godfather, and make it so damn believable. And it's this very seriousness in his performance, that makes "The Freshman" so delightful and naturally, hilarious.

Although not a revolutionary, what makes "The Freshman" such a classic on its own is that it accomplishes a real miracle by resuscitating Vito Corleone, his name is Carmine Sabatini, but the movie can't fool us, the guy IS Vito Corleone. As explained in the film, Sabatini's the one who inspired Vito's character, in other words, "The Freshman" is so confident over its comical premise, and rightfully so, that it doesn't even hesitate to insert several references to "The Godfather". And these are not just gratuitous 'Godfather' references thrown away for the sake of it, it's important to know that it's not a parallel world where the movie isn't supposed to exist. On the contrary, not only it does, but whoever sees Carmine Sabatini, has the most natural reaction by immediately thinking of Vito Corleone. The movie, in a way, asks the question, how any of us would react in front of a movie character. How would I if I met my favorite character? I guess, probably like Clark Kellog, Matthew Broderick as a film college student, the titular "Freshman".

And the deserved praises on Brando's performance shouldn't diminish Broderick's talent at all. With his awkward youngish look, Broderick is the perfect straight-man for a comical duo with Brando. Indeed, the comedic power of "The Freshman" relies on the extraordinary ability of Brando to play his character seriously in a non-serious film. Consequently, we don't laugh at Brando because he's too believable (we'd never treat him so disrespectfully), but at Broderick's disbelief. There's one part where Carmine offers a job to Clark, and gives him the hand of friendship as a solemn promise that no harm would happen to him. 'How can I say no?' replies Clark, to which Carmine dryly retorts 'that's not a yes, I want to hear yes', he takes a walnut from a prop and break it with his own hand, making a threatening sound. This improvisation, proving that Brando didn't lose his acting instinct and trademark use of props in movie scenes, provoked an even more genuine reaction from Broderick, who didn't know the walnut had already been broken before the shooting.

Clark had no choice but say yes, after all, isn't Vito Corleone, the man who makes offers we can't refuse? The film's funniest moments are driven by Sabantini's aura and Clark's incapability to control the situation or to say 'no'. The script finds the perfect tone to show a guy screwed but in a way that inspires our sympathy without feeling antipathy toward Sabatini. And another triumph on the writing department is the way everything seems believable despite all the zany material it employs. Whether it's a picture of Mussolini in an Italian Social club, an espresso that takes three spoons of sugar, the Mona Lisa painting in Carmine's house, and a weird traffic involving a Komodo dragon, I wonder why I wanted to believe that, the first time I saw it. Maybe I was just a 10-year old kid who just laughed at the gags without looking too much deeper into it. The irony is that after watching 'The Godfather' so many times, I believed in Sabatini even more.

That's not to say that it takes to be a 'Godfather' fan to enjoy the film, but it sure helps and not just for laughs. There is a heart in this film, and there is something very nostalgic, almost poignant to see Sabatini interacting with Clark. Sabatini is so sweet you'd forget he's a dangerous person. Brando finds the perfect note because he makes Sabatini lovable, while Vito was feared and respected, the way he treats Clark like the son he never had, his unexpected outburst of joy or sadness, his tender kisses or slaps in the face are all expression of a sincere love. Yes, we laugh when he never remembers Clark's hometown ("You're from Connecticut" he joyfully says, as if it meant something), when he calls him "Kent" instead of "Clark", or casually tells him that he'll marry his beautiful daughter Tina (Penelop Ann Mirren), but we still take him seriously because we never see when he's acting and when he's serious. And it doesn't really matter since in both cases, it's funny.

But I make the film sound like the 'Brando' show, while it features a great cast of supporting characters, notably, Bruno Kirby as Vic the streetwise nephew who emphasizes the importance of every word said by his Carmine. Maximilan Schells steals the show as a demented German chef. You would probably notice Frank Whaley, the 'what?' man from "Pulp Fiction" as Clark's slick roommate. The film makes many references to "The Godfather" series, an apparent favorite of as Clark's teacher, the goofy monomaniacal Pr. Fleeber (Paul Benedict). Interestingly, the film was released the same year than the last opus of the trilogy, but I see it more as a coincidence, since the film is much more a reminder of how iconic the first two were.

"The Freshman" is still a delightful comedy, cleverly written, with the perfect dosage of verbal humor and slapstick, the journey featuring the Komodo dragon would be seen as an oddity considering the film's context, but it totally makes sense at the end. Eveyrthing brilliantly tie up at the end, even the weird affection between Sabatini and Kellon, the little spice that gives this film, its unique flavor ... with basil cream sauce.

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