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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
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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kint az utcán 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Hector's guy: Hey, what are you doing here?
Fresh: I gotta see Hector.
Hector's guy: Yeah I'm Hector, what the fuck do you want?
Fresh: You ain't Hector, Hector is in that office back there. I got an appointment with Hector, not you big gorilla monkey ass.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) 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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This is the best drama I have EVER seen
30 April 2001 | by WestSiderSee all my reviews

This film will completely astound you. Unspoiled by the gangsta rap, and glamorisation of street culture that normally pervades a 'black' film, it tells the story of the 12-year old, chess-playing, drug-dealing streetwise genius, Fresh.

Living in poverty with 11 others in his aunt's house, and using his wits to survive, he slowly gets trapped deeper and deeper in the world of drugs, a world in which all his loyalties are challenged.

Most 'hood films either satirise black culture completely with their loud, cool attitudes, or on the other become touchy-feely anti-drugs schmaltz. This is the ONLY film I have seen to tread the thin line between them and come away looking not only credible, but superbly enjoyable.

Both Giancarlo Esposito (the smooth talking drugs dealer) and Samuel L. Jackson (the alcoholic chess-master tramp) give strong, realistic performances in challenging roles. The other characters (like N'Bushe Wright's portrayal of Fresh's sister) are also incredibly well played, and every single one of them is believable.

However, the main credit HAS to go to Sean Nelson. I have never seen such a dignified performance, and i can honestly say that I was AMAZED at how involving the film was. You could empathise with him every step of the way. He was never overly emotional, yet never came across as being arrogant and calculating. He plays the 'streetwise genius' role to perfection, again, remaining completely credible.

The script was also fantastic. Full marks to Boaz Yakin for such an accurate picture of life in the ghetto. This is not a film for those who want the cheap formulaic thrills of violence, sex and guns that are so prevalent today. There are no special effects, no overly violent scenes. Instead, the movie relies on superb acting and a relentless drive for gritty realism.

I cannot recommend this film enough to anyone who appreciates drama - it will really open your eyes.


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