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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

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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Taglines:

Risking it all, he invents new rules... to beat the odds in a deadly game of survival. 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

Producer Lawrence Bender plays the character "Long Haired Yuppie-Scum" in this film, who he played in Pulp Fiction (1994) and Four Rooms (1995), both written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, implying that this film does takes place in the same universe as all of Tarantino's films, and most of Robert Rodriguez's films. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

James: [to Fresh] You the little man running the street? Shit... Next thing I know niggers in diapers packing tec-9 and be trying to take over my business.
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Connections

References The Terminator (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

La Que Mas Menea
Written by Ruben D.J.
Published by Nueva Era Musical (ASCAP)
Performed by Ruben D.J.
Courtesy of RTP Records and Rodven Records
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The very, very best of modern drama
4 June 2001 | by Talib_Kweli_FanSee all my reviews

This is simply an incredible film. Deeply thought provoking, it is not for those of you who like your films to have guns, sex and violence. This is NOT a typical 'hood' film - there are no banging hiphop beats, no flash cars, and no cheesy action scenes.

It tells the story of a clever 12 year old brought up in a culture of danger, mistrust and urban decay. Sean Nelson displays a maturity which would guarantee any adult actor many millions a film, and the film never wavers from the incredibly high standards set by its fabulous scripting and casting.

The storyline is oddly compelling throughout, and never veers either towards the 'nannying' line that plagues so many drugs films, or the insane satire that kills off others. It moves at a healthy, but not crazy pace, and there are some truly chilling moments, which really make you ponder over humanity's capacity for mindless violence.

This is certainly the best film I have ever had the pleasure of seeing, and I advise anyone who craves intelligent, thoughtful films to go out and buy this one.


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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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