Fresh (1994)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  2 September 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)
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 »

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Release Date:

2 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kint az utcán  »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)


$8,094,616 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the final scene at the park, the same blonde girl walks behind Fresh twice (the first time just as he makes it to the chess table, then again once he has sat down; by then the girl, walking at an uninterrupted pace, should've been out of the shot). See more »


Esteban: Where'd you come to find out about all these interesting developments?
[no response]
Esteban: Look, time is money and money is time little homey, and right now you are costing me a lot of both.
Fresh: You gonna get mad.
Esteban: Look, it would be very difficult to get me any madder than I am already.
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Referenced in Dirty Pretty Things (2002) 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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The very, very best of modern drama
4 June 2001 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

This is simply an incredible film. Deeply thought provoking, it is not for those of you who like your films to have guns, sex and violence. This is NOT a typical 'hood' film - there are no banging hiphop beats, no flash cars, and no cheesy action scenes.

It tells the story of a clever 12 year old brought up in a culture of danger, mistrust and urban decay. Sean Nelson displays a maturity which would guarantee any adult actor many millions a film, and the film never wavers from the incredibly high standards set by its fabulous scripting and casting.

The storyline is oddly compelling throughout, and never veers either towards the 'nannying' line that plagues so many drugs films, or the insane satire that kills off others. It moves at a healthy, but not crazy pace, and there are some truly chilling moments, which really make you ponder over humanity's capacity for mindless violence.

This is certainly the best film I have ever had the pleasure of seeing, and I advise anyone who craves intelligent, thoughtful films to go out and buy this one.

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