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Fresh (1994)

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Death and violence anger a 12-year-old drug courier, who sets his employers against each other.



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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)
Víctor González ...


Fresh (Sean Nelson) is a 12-year-old drug dealer who finds himself trapped in a web of poverty, corruption and racial tension in Brooklyn, New York. When his drug-addict sister Nichole (N'Bushe Wright) starts sleeping with local drug lord Esteban (Giancarlo Esposito), Fresh calls upon the skills he learned playing chess with his alcoholic father and speed-chess champion Sam (Samuel L. Jackson) and devises a complex strategy that will free both himself and his sister. Written by heem857

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A thriller unlike anything you've seen before. 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:

2 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kint az utcán  »


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was #6 on Roger Ebert's list of the Best Films of 1994. See more »


When Fresh is seen playing chess with his Sam, Sam moves the chess pieces with one hand while hitting the clock with the other. This is illegal in speed chess. See more »


Jake: [shooting people at the playground, everybody starts running] Yeah, go ahead run motherfuckers, *run*! You punk pussy-ass motherfuckers. That's right, go tell somebody you saw something, I'll come back for all you monkey motherfuckers! You pussy-ass punks!
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Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


The Ghetto
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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 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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