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Fresh (1994)

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Death and violence anger a twelve-year-old drug courier, who sets his employers against each other.

Director:

Boaz Yakin

Writer:

Boaz Yakin
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Nelson ... Fresh
Giancarlo Esposito ... Esteban
Samuel L. Jackson ... Sam
N'Bushe Wright ... Nichole
Ron Brice Ron Brice ... Corky
Jean-Claude La Marre Jean-Claude La Marre ... Jake (as Jean LaMarre)
José Zúñiga ... Lt. Perez
Luis Lantigua Luis Lantigua ... Chuckie
Yul Vazquez ... Chillie
Cheryl Freeman ... Aunt Frances
Anthony Thomas Anthony Thomas ... Red
Curtis McClarin Curtis McClarin ... Darryl (as Curtis L. McClarin)
Charles Malik Whitfield ... Smokey
Víctor González Víctor González ... Herbie
Guillermo Díaz ... Spike
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Storyline

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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A thriller unlike anything you've seen before. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Trivia

Giancarlo Esposito plays a drug lord, like his character Gustavo Fring in Breaking Bad (2008). See more »

Goofs

Curtis's right arm moves from being near his face to being along his body after Jake kills him on the playground. See more »

Quotes

[playing cards, Corky turns to talk to Fresh, Darryl draws a card]
Corky: What the fuck are you doing?
Darryl: I was picking up.
Corky: Don't do shit behind my back. Why the fuck you gonna be doing that?
Darryl: Corky man, it was my turn, man, we just playing, it's just me, baby.
Corky: I don't give a fuck who you is, be my mother, motherfucker, I don't play that shit!
Darryl: Sorry, alright?
Corky: Yeah, yeah, you be sorry. You do that shit, just do it in front of my face.
[pause]
Corky: Now, am I free to finish my little transaction here without every nigger ...
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Connections

Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

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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User Reviews

 
Checkmate!
14 August 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Fresh" (Nelson), the title character and a black kid in his early teens, is a runner for low level drug distributors in the mean streets of NYC with a plan to get out of the ghetto. He plays speed chess with his estranged father and stashes money in a tin can but his plan goes well beyond just saving for a bus ticket. "Fresh" offers good production value, par performances, somewhat stereotypical characters, and lots of grit. However, what sets this critically lauded flick apart from its peers is a human drama with a clever storyline which transcend the usual stuck-in-the-ghetto flicks full of sensational crime stuff. An engaging watch for those into drug/ghetto/crime flicks. (B)


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Language:

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Release Date:

2 September 1994 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,094,616

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,094,616
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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