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Fresh (1994)

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Death and violence anger a 12-year-old drug courier, who sets his employers against each other.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Fresh
... Esteban
... Sam
... Nichole
Ron Brice ... Corky
Jean-Claude La Marre ... Jake (as Jean LaMarre)
... Lt. Perez
Luis Lantigua ... Chuckie
... Chillie
... Aunt Frances
Anthony Thomas ... Red
Curtis McClarin ... Darryl (as Curtis L. McClarin)
... Smokey
Víctor González ... Herbie
... 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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Risking it all, he invents new rules... to beat the odds in a deadly game of survival. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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2 September 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,094,616
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Trivia

Lawrence Bender plays the character "Long Haired Yuppie Scum" in this film, whom he would later play 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 »

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In the final scene at the park, the same blonde girl walks behind Fresh twice (the first time just as he makes it to the chess table, then again once he has sat down; by then the girl, walking at an uninterrupted pace, should've been out of the shot). See more »

Quotes

Fresh: Don't Aunt Frances think you ain't nothing. She think you're something.
Nichole: Aunt Frances is a fuckin' saint. Aunt Frances loves every damn dog on the street the same as she loves me. Ain't no shit to be loved by no fuckin' saint.
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Connections

References X-Men (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Jesus Children of America
Written by Stevie Wonder
Published by Black Bull Music/Jobete Music Co.
Performed by Johnny Gill
Produced by Chuckii Booker for Big Dog Productions
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Great Movie
14 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie didn't have to rely on BIG NAMES to make this movie great. It didn't have to rely on lots of on screen killing to be great. This movie was great because the dialog between the characters as well as the screen play were excellent all by themselves. The people who did play the parts DID justice to the characters they played. As the movie started and in the first 15 minutes, all I could think was this kid (Sean Nelson) was a punk trying to make a buck. I didn't realize, like most, until the end of the film what this kid was actaully doing, which was playing everyone like they were live chess pieces. He got what he wanted all by playing one against the other. This movie proved that a film does not have to be high budget or big names to be great. If that were the case, The Last Action Hero or Reindeer Games should win an OSCARS for Best Movie.


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