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Fresh (1994)

R  |   |  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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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)
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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 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


In a world where criminals make the rules an innocent boy is out to beat them at their own game. 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 »

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Release Date:

24 August 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kint az utcán  »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)


$8,094,616 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Curtis's right arm moves from being near his face to being along his body after Jake kills him on the playground. See more »


Fresh: [to Hector] Corky losing crazy dollars, man, he needs the shit today. He sent for me to say he ain't gonna forget his friends that helped him when he was in trouble, and he ain't gonna forget who didn't.
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References Action Jackson (1988) See more »


Written by Aida Periera
Published by Full Keel Music Co. (ASCAP)
Performed by Tito Punete Orchestra
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records Co., Inc.
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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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