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Fresh (1994)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  24 August 1994 (USA)
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Michael (or Fresh as he's well known) is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded housing project with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum, but still meets with... See full summary »

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Darryl (as Curtis L. McClarin)
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Herbie
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Storyline

Michael (or Fresh as he's well known) is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded housing project with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum, but still meets with Fresh on occasion to play chess. Fresh is rather quiet in a crazy world. Fresh's sister is a junkie who sleeps with the dealers who Fresh sells for. As the story progresses Fresh realizes that he doesn't want to sell drugs anymore, he wants out. Written by ns74212@students.salisbury.edu

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A thriller unlike anything you've seen before. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for intense, realistic depiction of urban violence, and for drug content, pervasive language, and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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24 August 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kint az utcán  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,094,616 (USA)
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Goofs

In the scene with Fresh and his father playing chess, right before Fresh cries, the Queen and King are set up incorrectly (interchanged) on the board. It occurs in only one shot and is all right in all the other shots. See more »

Quotes

Fresh: It was fun, dad, stupid fun, you seen that nigger's face...
Sam: Chess ain't fun, boy, how many times do I gotta tell you that? Don't you listen to a word I say?
Fresh: Maybe if I seen you more...
Sam: Well you don't, so you be well served to retain some of the knowledge I'm imparting to you, rather than giving me all this hard ass street attitude bullshit.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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The Ghetto
Written by Hathaway & Hutson
Published by Peer International Corp./Don Pow Music
Performed by Johnny Gill
Produced by Chuckii Booker for Big Dog Productions
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Multilayered chess puzzle
21 March 2004 | by (Cardiff, Wales UK) – See all my reviews

Many comments confirm the strength of this movie in simple manipulation of an camera eye. Well, that's true. You will not find any fancy FXs here. But, does it make the picture less spectacular? Of course not. Script is brilliant. Whole plot resembles well played chess game telling the story about violence and losing innocence. This is not only a game in an explicit chess meaning. Main characters , wonderfully played by S. L. Jackson and Sean Nelson, are playing chess with themselves, struggling with their lives. There is another aspect of chess game that accompanies the plot till the end. Throughout duration of the movie chess puzzle gets clear. We can finally see where 'Fresh' is heading to and what he wants to achieve through his plan. Anyway, Boaz Yakin made one of the best movies of 94' , really worth seeing.

Mariusz Pelka


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