Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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 »



4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, June Kyoto Lu
Juice (1992)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice".

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins
Paid in Full (2002)
Drama | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man from Harlem, forced to cope with the 1980s drug scene, builds an illegal empire, only to have a crisis of conscience.

Director: Charles Stone III
Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Wood Harris, Chi McBride
South Central (1992)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man is sent to prison for 10 years. Coming out of prison he wants to live a normal life and stop crime but his son has now followed the criminal path of his father.

Director: Stephen Milburn Anderson
Stars: Byron Minns, Glenn Plummer, Lexie Bigham
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Vietnam vet adjusts to life after the war while trying to support his family, but the chance of a better life may involve crime and bloodshed.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world. Their favourite pastime is that of everybody in their ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Gomez
Stars: Shar-Ron Corley, Gabriel Casseus, Saul Stein
New Jack City (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

Director: Mario Van Peebles
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne
Belly (1998)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A pair of violent Men have spiritual awakenings.

Director: Hype Williams
Stars: Nas, DMX, Taral Hicks
Above the Rim (1994)
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.

Director: Jeff Pollack
Stars: Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

About a young woman who is married to a devout Jew and the problems that trouble their marriage because of the woman wanting something more out of her life

Director: Boaz Yakin
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Christopher Eccleston, Julianna Margulies
The Wood (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

While dealing with a friend's cold feet on his wedding day, a writer reminisces about his youth with his best friends.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Stars: Elayn J. Taylor, Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones
Set It Off (1996)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Desperation drives four inner-city women (Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise) to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting one another.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Brice ...
Jean-Claude La Marre ...
Jake (as Jean LaMarre)
Luis Lantigua ...
Aunt Frances
Anthony Thomas ...
Curtis McClarin ...
Darryl (as Curtis L. McClarin)
Víctor González ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Risking it all, he invents new rules... to beat the odds in a deadly game of survival. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

2 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kint az utcán  »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)


$8,094,616 (USA)

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


When Fresh comes over to His Dad's Sam's Trailer, Sam (Samuel L. Jackson) who's a drunk,a chess hustler and down on the dumps tells Fresh (Sean Nelson)"Welcome to the Taj Mahal" Sam Jackson used that as a parody to His role as a homeless crackhead in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever (1991) where Westley Snipe's character searches for Sam Jackson "Gator" in a Crackhouse. When Westley who played Flipper, finally finds Gator, hears the same comment about the Taj Mahal. See more »


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 »


Esteban: [after coming back from killing James] So you gonna tell me that he's lying about James too, right?
Nichole: I can see whoever I want.
Esteban: No. Not exactly. Now you can see whoever you want, except for James. You can't see... you can't see him no more. Now maybe you can visit him in his new place of residence, but you know, I don't think he's going to be so much fun anymore.
See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Best of its genre
13 October 1999 | by (Wellington, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I watched 'Fresh' again recently, with several other examples of

its genre (urban crime drama, or words to that effect). It

stands out head and shoulders above the rest as an engaging and

intelligent film. Part of 'Fresh's strength is that it belies

many of the genre's expected conventions. Rap music is vaguely

incidental, giving way to a poignant soundtrack by Stewart

Copeland. For once, gang life, alcoholism, and drug addiction

are never glamourized as they are simultaneously condemned...

the fault of so many films which purport to be morally aware of

the destructive nature of these things (but seem to say,

backhandedly, "isn't T-Bone a badd mutha, though?") And as

another reviewer noted, the central character as an intellectual

prodigy is neither a joke nor a gimmick, his mind is the means

of his survival and eventually his triumph over the forces

around him. The cast is excellent, the standouts being an

extraordinary debut by Sean Nelson as the Fresh and the reliable

Samuel L. Jackson as his alcoholic speed-chess-master father.

The final scene is one of the most devastating and memorable

scenes in the last decade of films. The sincerity and unpredictability of 'Fresh' are unparalleled in films of its


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
My Understanding of FRESH DavidF060564
Tears? Chambermatic
The Urban Geography of 'Fresh' mantlemaris61
Ja Rule in Fresh? flameonlkedragon
Who is playing the junky girl ready to blow Fresh ??? ryfe-972
Discuss Fresh (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: