Fresh

Overview

A bright young African-American boy attempts to survive life in the city by acting as an errand boy for a drug dealer in this thoughtful, sharply plotted drama. Known as Fresh, the young man must use his delivery jobs to support himself and his troubled sister, receiving nothing from his distant, alcoholic father but the occasional chess lesson. His intelligence and quiet determination serve him well, as he wins the trust of his employer and settles into an unpleasant but survivable routine. Even this small ...
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Overview

A bright young African-American boy attempts to survive life in the city by acting as an errand boy for a drug dealer in this thoughtful, sharply plotted drama. Known as Fresh, the young man must use his delivery jobs to support himself and his troubled sister, receiving nothing from his distant, alcoholic father but the occasional chess lesson. His intelligence and quiet determination serve him well, as he wins the trust of his employer and settles into an unpleasant but survivable routine. Even this small comfort disappears, however, when Fresh accidentally witnesses the killing of a classmate and becomes a potential target himself. Forced into an impossible situation, he puts his experience and strategic ability to good use, developing a tricky plan to protect his own life and defeat the killers. First-time director Boaz Yakin emphasizes restraint and realism, presenting potentially sensationalistic material with a minimum of violence and flash. Instead, attention is placed on the strong, layered performances, particularly Sean Nelson as Fresh and Samuel L. Jackson as his embittered father. While some have questioned the film's treatment of inner city life, the film was generally acclaimed, thanks to its seriousness and complexity.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Best known in Hollywood for penning a forgettable Dolph Lundgren vehicle (The Punisher) and a below-average Clint Eastwood film (The Rookie), Boaz Yakin made quite a leap in quality with his first directorial effort, Fresh. The independently produced film, which shared the Filmmakers' award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival with Clerks, was an original, highly-polished voice amidst the host of rambunctious urban crime dramas which sprang up after New Jack City and Boyz in the Hood. Fresh stands out thanks to Yakin's conscious effort to alter the conventions of the genre. Gone is the visual and sonic flashiness typically found in the other early 1990s urban dramas; instead there is more traditional cinematography from Adam Holender, who slickly captured New York's underworld in Midnight Cowboy and The Panic in Needle Park. The perfect match for Holender's detached, exacting photography is the coolly intelligent debut performance from Sean Nelson, in the role of the title character.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/3/2015
  • UPC: 031398215240
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 90,565

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Nelson Fresh
Giancarlo Esposito Esteban
Samuel L. Jackson Sam
N'Bushe Wright Nicole
Ron Brice Corky
Jean-Claude LaMarre Jake
Cheryl Freeman Aunt Frances
José Zuñiga Lieutenant Perez
Yul Vázquez Chillie
Anthony Thomas Red
Curtis L. McClarin Darryl
Charles Malik Whitfield Smokey
Guillermo Diaz Spike
Robert Jimenez Salvador
Cortez Nance Jr. Reggie
Anthony Ruiz Hector
Davenia McFadden Mrs. Coleman
Matthew Faber Long-Haired Teenager
Lawrence Bender Yuppie
Paul L.Q. Lee Tommy Yee
Mateo Gomez Mexican
Joe Pentangelo Transit Cop
Martin Shakar Detective Abe Sharp
F. Murray Abraham Chess Hustler (uncredited)
Randy Ostrow Mr. Cohen
Technical Credits
Boaz Yakin Director, Screenwriter
Michael Barosky Sound/Sound Designer
Lawrence Bender Producer
Lila Cazes Executive Producer
Jean Cazes Producer
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
Al Griswold Special Effects
Dorian Harris Editor
Adam Holender Cinematographer
Joann Fregalette Jansen Associate Producer
Dan Leigh Production Designer
Ellen Lutter Costumes/Costume Designer
Randy Ostrow Producer
J. Miller Tobin Asst. Director
Chrisann Verges Co-producer
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