Death and violence anger a 12-year-old drug courier, who puts his employer's against each other.

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Sam
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Ron Brice ...
Corky
Jean-Claude La Marre ...
Jake (as Jean LaMarre)
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Luis Lantigua ...
Chuckie
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Chillie
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Aunt Frances
Anthony Thomas ...
Red
Curtis McClarin ...
Darryl (as Curtis L. McClarin)
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Víctor González ...
Herbie
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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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In a world where criminals make the rules an innocent boy is out to beat them at their own game. 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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2 September 1994 (USA)  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$8,094,616 (USA)
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When Fresh comes over to his dad's (Sam's) trailer, Sam (Samuel L. Jackson), who's a drunk ,a chess hustler, and down in the dumps, tells Fresh (Sean Nelson) "Welcome to the Taj Mahal". Samuel L. 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's "Gator" in a crackhouse. When Westley, who played Flipper, finally finds Gator, hears the same comment about the Taj Mahal. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Esteban: [to Herbie] Chill, homes, and take it easy on the gas or I'ma stop the fuckin' car and cut your fuckin' foot off, you hear me?
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Ah-Vah
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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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

type.


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