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
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 »
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 »
Alright man, you know and I know that I can't hold you here on this, so you either are innocent or you're hell of a lot smarter than you look.
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Jesus Children of America
Written by Stevie Wonder
Published by Black Bull Music/Jobete Music Co.
Performed by Johnny Gill
Produced by Chuckii Booker for Big Dog Productions
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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.
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