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The Freshman (1990)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 27 July 1990 (USA)
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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

Writer:

Andrew Bergman
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Cast

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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He was on his way to the Dean's List, but he wound up on the hit list. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German | French

Release Date:

27 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akil hocasi See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$205,876, 22 July 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,460,601
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Whaley's character likens the character "Big Leo" to a rather rotund former wrestler named William 'Haystacks' Calhoun. Whaley has no idea who Haystacks was, but writer/director Andrew Bergman (a wrestling fan in his youth) made up the line on the spot for Whaley. See more »

Goofs

When Carmine Sabatini comes and visits the dorm room, the closet door that Clark closes right before he arrives is seen partially open and completely shut in different shots from different angles. 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

"Mr. Brando's Skating Coach" is credited as "Sandra Bezic." See more »

Connections

Referenced in MythBusters: Shop Til You Drop (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

PARLAMI D'AMORE MARIU
Written by Cesare A. Bixio (as Cesare Andrea Bixio) and Ennio Neri (as E. Neri)
Performed by Ferruccio Tagliavini
Courtesy of BMG Ariola S.p.A.
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A (COMIC) OFFER YOU CAN'T REFUSE
31 March 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE FRESHMAN (1990) *** Matthew Broderick, Marlon Brando, Penelope Ann Miller, Bruno Kirby, Frank Whaley, Maximillian Schell, Paul Benedict, BD Wong, Jon Polito. Rollickingly funny comedy with film school freshman (Broderick at his blithering best) put upon by con man Kirby by being offered a gopher job for a dead ringer of Don Corleone (Brando, in an inspired send up of his icon role and clearly enjoying every minute) involving an endangered species restaurant! Witty, hilarious and out there. Best bit: Bert Parks singing Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" to a King Komodo Dragon (!) Written and directed by Andrew Bergman.


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