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A NYC 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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Carmine Sabatini
Clark Kellogg
Victor Ray
Tina Sabatini
Steve Bushak
Chuck Greenwald
Arthur Fleeber
Lloyd Simpson
Dwight Armstrong
Pamela Payton-Wright ...
Liz Armstrong
Larry London
Bert Parks
Tex Konig ...
Maitre D' Gourmet Club
Warren Davis ...
Father Frank
Vera Lockwood ...
Aunt Angelina
Daniel Dion ...
Gas Attendant
Marnie Edwards ...
Mall Mother
Doug Silberstein ...
Mr. Glassman
FBI Man (as J.H. Millington)
Drake Arden ...
Student in Fleeber Classroom
Student in Fleeber Classroom
Student in Fleeber Classroom (as Geraldine Quinn)
Derek Mitchell ...
Student in Fleeber Classroom
Joe Ingoldsby ...
Waiter in Restaurant
Adrienne Howe ...
Mall Patron
Patricia Andrews ...
Mall Patron
Edward Roy ...
Mall Patron
Amanda Smith ...
Mall Patron
Mall Patron
Mall Patron
Wendy Dickson ...
Mall Patron
Christina Trivett ...
Mall Patron
Fifi Donahue ...
Information Booth Lady
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fredo Corleone (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio ...
Mall Patron (uncredited)
Lookout (uncredited)
David Was ...
Keyboarder for Gourmet Club Party Band (uncredited)
Guitarist for Gourmet Club Party Band (uncredited)

Directed by

Andrew Bergman

Written by

Andrew Bergman ... (written by)

Produced by

Mike Lobell ... producer

Music by

David Newman

Cinematography by

William A. Fraker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Barry Malkin

Editorial Department

Dana Congdon ... second assistant editor
Peter B. Ellis ... first assistant editor
Ron Lambert ... color timer
Robin Russell ... location assistant editor

Casting By

Mike Fenton
Lynda Gordon
Judy Taylor

Production Design by

Ken Adam

Art Direction by

Alicia Keywan

Set Decoration by

Gordon Sim

Costume Design by

Julie Weiss

Makeup Department

James D. Brown ... hair stylist (as James Brown)
Colleen Callaghan ... hair stylist: New York
Patricia Green ... makeup artist
Phil Rhodes ... hair / makeup: Mr. Brando

Production Management

Christopher Cronyn ... unit production manager: New York
Lacia Kornylo ... production manager
Michael MacDonald ... executive in charge of production
Ted Zachary ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Julie A. Bloom ... second assistant director: New York
Cynthia Clayton ... third assistant director
Louis D'Esposito ... first assistant director
David McLennan ... second second assistant director
Tom Quinn ... second assistant director
Carol Bawer ... production assistant (uncredited)
Mark D. Currie ... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Lisa Stein ... DGA trainee: New York (uncredited)

Art Department

Guenter Bartlik ... head scenic artist
Gary J. Brink ... set decorator: New York
Ken Clark ... props
Dan Davis ... art director: New York
Paul Harding ... property master
Bill Harman ... construction coordinator
Joan Krawczyk ... fine art recreation: Mona Lisa
Doug McLean ... first assistant art director (as Douglas McLean)
Marlene Rain ... set dressing buyer
Walter Stocklin ... property master: New York
Gordon White ... first assistant art director (as Gord White)
Michael Zansky ... chargeman scenic artist: New York
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Brick Mason ... storyboard artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

Louis Bertini ... sound editor (as Lou Bertini)
Elisha Birnbaum ... foley artist
David Boulton ... adr recordist
Patricia Bowers ... assistant sound editor (as Trissy Bowers)
Elliot Deitch ... sound editor
Elizabeth Dellureficio ... assistant sound editor
Dan Edelstein ... assistant sound editor
Joseph Gutowski ... assistant adr editor
Michael Jacobi ... adr editor
Neil L. Kaufman ... sound editor (as Neil Kaufman)
Michael Kirchberger ... supervising sound editor
Dan Korintus ... assistant sound editor
Richard Lightstone ... sound mixer
Michael Minkler ... re-recording mixer
Steve Scanlon ... boom operator: New York
Ira Spiegel ... sound editor
Jim Thompson ... boom operator
David Wahnon ... apprentice sound editor
Brian Vancho ... foley artist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

David Neil Trifunovich ... special effects supervisor (as Neil Trifunovich)


Shelley Cook ... stunts (as Shelly Cook)
David R. Ellis ... stunt coordinator
John Stead ... stunts
John Stoneham Sr. ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

Phil Abraham ... first assistant camera: New York
Stephen S. Campanelli ... steadicam operator (as Stephen Campanelli)
Robert Daprato ... second grip
Tony Eldridge ... best boy
Russell Engels ... gaffer: New York (as Russell W. Engels)
Kerry Hayes ... still photographer
Chris Holmes ... gaffer
Eric Holmes ... rigging gaffer
Cal Kohne ... rigging grip
Michael Kohne ... key grip
Larry McConkey ... steadicam operator: New York
Harald Ortenburger ... camera operator
George Patsos ... key grip: New York
Thom Ryan ... first assistant camera (as Thom Byan)
Dave Sheridan ... second assistant camera

Casting Department

Karen Hazzard ... casting: Canada
Joni Kearney ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Kim W. Chow ... wardrobe master
Aleida MacDonald ... assistant to costume designer
Robert Musco ... wardrobe supervisor: New York (as Robert F. Musco)
Rose Trimarco ... wardrobe supervisor: New York (as Rose Trimarco Cuervo)

Location Management

Beth Boigon ... location manager
Marc Dassas ... location manager
Charles Miller ... location manager: New York
Jason V. Rodney ... location manager

Music Department

Tim Boyle ... scoring mixer
Joseph S. DeBeasi ... music editor
Harlan Goodman ... music supervisor
Tom Villano ... supervising music editor
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Jim Kennedy ... transportation captain (as James Kennedy)
Craig S. Kohne ... transportation captain
Nick Sweetman ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

Jody Arenberg ... assistant: Mr. Lobell (as Jodie Arenberg)
Caroline Barrett ... assistant: Mr. Brando
Sandra Bezic ... skating coach: Mr. Brando
Shelley A. Boylen ... production coordinator (as Shelley Boylen-Wakefield)
Jim Brockett ... lizard trainer and supplier
Dominique Bruballa ... production accountant
Susanna David ... script supervisor
John Davis ... production assistant
David Dreishpoon ... craft services: New York
Cindy Evans ... assistant: Mr. Lobell
Arlene Hellerman ... assistant: Mr. Bergman
Shelley Kirkwood ... unit publicist
Rocco Musacchia ... technical advisor: New York
Rick Parker ... animal wrangler
Gina Perry ... lizard trainer and supplier
Tammy Quinn ... production secretary (as Tammy Quinn Clarke)
Marie Rhodes ... dialogue coach: Mr. Brando
Charlane Rutherford ... assistant: Mr. Bergman
Jules Sylvester ... lizard trainer and supplier
Debra Tanklow ... production office coordinator: New York
Julia Weinstein ... assistant: Mr. Lobell
James Patrick Whalen Jr. ... teamster captain: New York (as James P. Whalen)
Anne Wootten ... choreographer (as Anne Wooten)
Marc Baron ... double: Matthew Broderick (uncredited)
Jim Chad ... stand-in (uncredited)
David H. Kramer ... adr loop group (uncredited)


Pat Scott ... the producers wish to thank (as Patricia Reed Scott)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines An innocent kid. An experienced mobster. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Premiers pas dans la Mafia (France)
  • El novato (Spain)
  • Akil hocasi (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • O arharios (Greece)
  • Nowicjusz (Poland)
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  • 102 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $205,876, 22 Jul 1990

Did You Know?

Trivia According to director Andrew Bergman on the Turner Classic Movies documentary on Marlon Brando, he was having a problem shooting a scene with Brando and as a nervous habit, he began chewing Bazooka bubblegum. Brando asked him for a piece to which Bergman replied, "I'll tell you what, you do this scene in one take and I'll give you a piece." They shot the scene in one take and Brando immediately went behind the camera with his hand out. Good to his word, Bergman gave Brando a piece of Bazooka bubblegum. See more »
Goofs In Clark's dorm room, there is a poster of Buster Keaton on the wall. In the ending credits, it is identified as "Charlie Chaplin". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Freshman/The Jungle Book/Navy SEALs/The Unbelievable Truth/How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired (1990). See more »
Soundtracks FROM HER TO ETERNITY See more »
Crazy Credits "Mr. Brando's Skating Coach" is credited as "Sandra Bezic." See more »
Quotes Clark Kellogg: What is the deal please? What is it? Am I some kind of a dupe? They looked through the Putnam Yearbook and they said, "Oh, here's a chump."
Tina Sabatini: Are you serious? A dupe? Do you think I'd be marrying a dupe? Everybody is talking about the job you are doing. It's all over town! Larry London called my father. Said how bright you were. How gentle. How perceptive. If you weren't all those things, do you think Vic would be out this afternoon getting you a gun permit?
Clark Kellogg: A gun permit? I don't need a gun permit!
Tina Sabatini: You have to have one if you're going to be carrying a gun. Clark, people are chasing you.
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