Freshman

Freshman

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Director: Andrew Bergman

Cast: Andrew Bergman, Matthew Broderick, Marlon Brando, Bruno Kirby

     
 

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In this farcical comedy, Matthew Broderick plays Clark Kellogg, an aspiring director who arrives in New York City to attend film school. However, moments after he arrives in the city, he's robbed by Victor Ray (Bruno Kirby), leaving him no money for the $700 in books required by his instructor, Arthur Fleeber (Paul Benedict). A few days later, Clark runs into Victor… See more details below

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In this farcical comedy, Matthew Broderick plays Clark Kellogg, an aspiring director who arrives in New York City to attend film school. However, moments after he arrives in the city, he's robbed by Victor Ray (Bruno Kirby), leaving him no money for the $700 in books required by his instructor, Arthur Fleeber (Paul Benedict). A few days later, Clark runs into Victor and demands his money back, but Victor has already lost it (on a horse race in which he wasn't entirely sure the animal he bet on was a horse). Instead, he offers to fix Clark up with a job with his boss, an "importer and exporter" named Carmone Sabatini (Marlon Brando), who bears a stunning resemblance to Don Corleone in The Godfather. Clark's adventures with Sabatini are just beginning when he's instructed to pick up a package from the airport. Clark is expecting it to be contraband, and he's right, but not in the way he figured -- it turns out he's accepting delivery of a komodo dragon, which is to be served at a "gourmet club" specializing in dishes prepared from endangered species. Marlon Brando's hilarious comic variation on one of his best-known roles is the highlight of this film, but Bruno Kirby and Paul Benedict also deliver fine comic turns, and Matthew Broderick copes nobly with his role as the film's lone normal person.

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Marlon Brando's performance as Don Corleone in The Godfather is one of the most memorable in cinema history, and the actor's bravely pays homage to the part in writer-director Andrew Bergman's screwball comedy The Freshman. Brando runs away with the movie, and deservedly so: he delivers an astonishing, perfectly controlled comic performance. Bergman commandingly sends up Corleone and stages a number of other satiric moments, but despite being goofy and sloppy at times, the movie never becomes a spoof. The affable performances of Brando, Matthew Broderick, Paul Benedict and Bruno Kirby (who appeared in The Godfather Part II) sustain The Freshman's genial air. Gangster movies were a favorite revisionist target of such mid-1980s films as Prizzi's Honor and Married to the Mob; the closest match-up to Brando's work in the The Freshman, however, might be Robert De Niro's self-referential performance in 1999's Analyze This.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1994
UPC:
0043396702936
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick Clark Kellogg
Marlon Brando Carmone Sabatini
Bruno Kirby Victor Ray
Penelope Ann Miller Tina Sabatini
Frank Whaley Steve Bushak
Paul Benedict Arthur Fleeber
Jon Polito Chuck Greenwald
Maximilian Schell Larry London
B.D. Wong Edward
Richard Gant Lloyd Simpson
Kenneth Welsh Dwight Armstrong
Pamela Payton-Wright Liz Armstrong
Leo Cimino Lorenzo
Bert Parks Himself
Gianni Russo Maitre D', Gourmet Club
Trivett Christina Mall Patron
Tex Konig Leo
Warren Davis Fr. Frank
Vera Lockwood Aunt Angelina
Jefferson Mappin Hunter
Daniel Dion Gas Attendant
Marnie Edwards Mall Mother
Doug Silberstein Mr. Glassman
J.H. Millington FBI Man
Drake Arden Student in Fleeber Classroom
David Stratton Student in Fleeber Classroom
Geraldine Quinn Student in Fleeber Classroom
Derek Mitchell Student in Fleeber Classroom
Joe Ingoldsby Waiter in Restaurant
Adrienne Howe Mall Patron
Patricia Andrews Mall Patron
Edward Roy Mall Patron
Amanda Smith Mall Patron
Andrew Airlie Mall Patron
Daniel Desanto Mall Patron
Wendy Dickson Mall Patron
Fifi Donahue Grand Central Station Booth Lady

Technical Credits
Andrew Bergman Director,Songwriter,Screenwriter
Ken Adam Production Designer
Barry Adamson Songwriter
Blixa Bargeld Songwriter
Nick Cave Songwriter
Carmine Coppola Musical Arrangement
Ice Cube Songwriter
Daniel Davis Production Designer
Bob Dylan Songwriter
David R. Ellis Stunts
Ray Evans Songwriter
Mike Fenton Casting
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Melvin Glover Songwriter
Harlan Goodman Musical Direction/Supervision
Lynda Gordon Casting
Patricia Green Makeup
Mick Harvey Songwriter
Alicia Keywan Art Director
Jay Livingston Songwriter
Mike Lobell Producer
Aleida MacDonald Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Malkin Editor
Rocco Musacchia Consultant/advisor
David Newman Score Composer
Harald Ortenburger Camera Operator
Hugo Race Songwriter
Chuck Rio Songwriter
Gordon Sim Set Decoration/Design
Judy Taylor Casting
Neil Tifunovich Special Effects
Bernie Wayne Songwriter
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer

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