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The Freshman (1990)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 27 July 1990 (USA)
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An N.Y.C. film school student accepts a job with a local mobster who resembles a famous cinema godfather and who takes the young man under his wing, after demanding total loyalty.

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Andrew Bergman

Writer:

Andrew Bergman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Carmine Sabatini
Matthew Broderick ... Clark Kellogg
Bruno Kirby ... Victor Ray
Penelope Ann Miller ... Tina Sabatini
Frank Whaley ... Steve Bushak
Jon Polito ... Chuck Greenwald
Paul Benedict ... Arthur Fleeber
Richard Gant ... Lloyd Simpson
Kenneth Welsh ... Dwight Armstrong
Pamela Payton-Wright Pamela Payton-Wright ... Liz Armstrong
BD Wong ... Edward
Maximilian Schell ... Larry London
Bert Parks ... Bert Parks
Tex Konig Tex Konig ... Leo
Leonardo Cimino ... Lorenzo
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Storyline

Clark Kellogg is a young man starting his first year at film school in New York City. After a small time crook steals all his belongings, Clark meets Carmine "Jimmy the Toucan" Sabatini, an "importer" bearing a startling resemblance to a certain cinematic godfather. When Sabatini makes Clark an offer he can't refuse, he finds himself caught up in a caper involving endangered species and fine dining. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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He was on his way to the Dean's List, but he wound up on the hit list. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German | French

Release Date:

27 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Freshman See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$205,876, 22 July 1990

Gross USA:

$21,460,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,460,601
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In addition to the numerous "Godfather" jokes, the film also makes a reference to another Marlon Brando film. At one point, Sabatini mistakenly refers to Clark as "Kent." In the movie Superman (1978), Brando played Clark Kent's father, Jor-El. The Gourmet Club Maitre D' is played by Gianni Russo. Russo portrayed Michael Corleone's treacherous brother-in-law, Carlo Rizzi, in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974). See more »

Goofs

In the narration during the opening scene, Clark says his stepfather is head of the Friends of Fish and Wildlife, "an extremist pro-mammal group." Fish are not mammals. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dwight Armstrong, Clark's Step-father: Over there! Look!
Clark Kellogg: Dwight?
Dwight Armstrong, Clark's Step-father: Shh!
Clark Kellogg: Dwight, don't. Don't, really.
[Dwight fires his rifle]
Hunter: Hey, asshole! What are ya, nuts? You can't see the cap, it's not orange enough for ya?
[Dwight fires again]
Dwight Armstrong, Clark's Step-father: Get out of these woods!
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Crazy Credits

"Mr. Brando's Skating Coach" is credited as "Sandra Bezic." See more »

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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

STRING QUARTET NO. 13 IN A MINOR, D 804
Rosamonde "Allegro Manon Troppo"
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Caspar de Salo Quartet
Courtesy of Masterpiece Productions, Ltd.
Under license from CBS Special Products
A division of CBS Records, Inc.
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Highly enjoyable
14 March 2000 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

This is a very funny movie that casts Matthew Broderick as a new-to-the-city college kid who gets mixed up with a shady character named Vic right after he arrives. Through a series of events, he becomes involved with Vic's family, which include Uncle Carmine and his daughter Tina.

Everyone is perfectly suited to his role and even Brando appears to be having a lot of fun with his own image. The supporting cast is worth mentioning - especially Paul Benedict as an obnoxious college professor, and Maximillian Shell as a business associate of Carmine Sabatini.

This is ultimately a touching movie about loyalty and family, and it sure is fun.

You even get to see the Mona Lisa if you watch this movie!


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