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

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Andrew Bergman
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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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Comedy | Crime

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A running gag in the film is that nearly every other character says that Clark is from any state except Vermont, which is his real home state. See more »

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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

Paramount Pictures Corporation is the exclusive owner of all motion picture rights in and to "The Godfather", "The Godfather, Part II", and the character of Don Vito Corleone. Any incidental allusion thereto in this motion picture occurs with the permission of Paramount Pictures Corporation. See more »

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As graceful and charming a performance as he ever gave
27 December 2004 | by laurseneSee all my reviews

Word has it that Brando wasn't happy with the movie, but it's hard to see why. Bergman's ham-fisted humor hits the mark a lot more of the time than usual, the ensemble cast is fine (Matthew Broderick is always best in these kinds of settings, at least when it comes to movies), and the one major anachronistic gaffe (no mafia boss would have a photo of Mussolini in a place of honor on the wall - he locked 'em up and they hated him) is harmless in context.

But Brando is what makes the movie special: like a sprinkling of something heavenly on an otherwise earthbound enterprise. He's done far more brilliant work elsewhere, of course, but I can't think of another movie that caught just what a uniquely odd presence he was.

I'll say it again: As graceful and charming a performance as he ever gave. RIP, big man.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

27 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Freshman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$205,876, 22 July 1990

Gross USA:

$21,460,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,460,601
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TriStar Pictures See more »
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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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