Fresh 1994 R CC

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(127) IMDb 7.7/10
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Get ready for Fresh - the intense, action-packed hit that wowed critics and riveted audiences everywhere! Disenchanted by the harsh realities of life in the city, a smart, streetwise kid nicknamed Fresh strives to create a better future for himself and his family.

Starring:
Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito
Runtime:
1 hour 54 minutes

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Fresh

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Boaz Yakin
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito
Supporting actors Samuel L. Jackson, N'Bushe Wright, Ron Brice, Jean-Claude La Marre, José Zúñiga, Luis Lantigua, Yul Vazquez, Cheryl Freeman, Anthony Thomas, Curtis McClarin, Charles Malik Whitfield, Víctor González, Guillermo Díaz, Robert Jimenez, Jerome Butler, Cortez Nance Jr., Cortez Cortez Jr., Anthony Ruiz
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Excellent movie, well acted, great script!
Susan Barney
Fresh is one of those rare films that's a punch to the stomach, it was done on a low budget but in a way that makes it a classic in its own right.
Arctos
It's one of those movies that you will be pleased to watch over and over again.
Matt

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mark Lee on February 29, 2004
Format: DVD
Michael, a.k.a. "Fresh", is a 12-year-old drug dealer who lives in a run-down house with his aunt and other orphaned children in a dangerous Brooklyn neighborhood. Having grown up in a harsh culture, he is a boy who shows little emotion despite witnessing the revulsion of street life on a regular basis. His mother is long gone, his sister has resorted to prostitution, and his father is completely estranged-although every now and then he meets with his father to play speed chess, through which he is taught street knowledge. At first Fresh aspires to live the life of a powerful drug dealer, but one day a heartrending incident causes him to rethink his dreams and consider a better possible future.
Directed by Boaz Yakin (who also directed "Remember the Titans"--a *completely* different film), "Fresh" is an astonishingly well-done film that left me stunned long after it ended. By depicting a brutal life through the eyes of a young boy, the film tells a bleak story by taking its viewers on a roller-coaster ride of gut-wrenching scenes, and yet in the process it still manages to engage the audience and finally arrive at a surprising conclusion.
Although the first third of the film is basically used to give the viewer a tour of Fresh's neighborhood, the plot soon becomes very complex after one particular scene. Fresh's life literally becomes a game of chess, represented by the moves the pieces make and the strategy used to stay alive. Despite the film's quiet atmosphere, it moves at a rapid pace and forces the audience to listen closely in order to keep on track with the plot. The plot moves unpredictably throughout, but every one of its elements makes perfect sense after a bit of thinking.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr.J.A.P. on July 23, 1999
Format: DVD
With the exception of a audio track that sometimes gives the impression that students were hired to record the sound, this is quite possibly a perfect movie. Given two thumbs WAY up by Siskel and Ebert, this film is a tightly written and well acted. The initial opening, which confused me at first, on later viewings revealed itself to be the setting of the chessboard upon which the title character plays his most important game -- Namely, his life. If you are a lover of suspense, intelligence, or chess (Fresh uses chess tactics to checkmate his opponents and save the "queen") than This is the film for you. Because, at first glance, this film is about African Americans and drugs -- but with relatively little violence, the distributors had no idea what to do with it and it received lousy distribution and little advirtising. It is NOT however so much a film about drugs and violence, as it is about an incredibly intelligent, hard working kid who uses all the resources available to him to get himself and his sister a better life. I have seen this film multiple times, and to my amazement found NOT ONE line of wasted dialogue in the whole thing... which makes the lousy soundtrack all the more annoying. Additionally, it has the complex construction of a Dickens' tale -- seemingly unrelated details all coming together to a tighly knit resolution. If you are a serious student or lover of film, this is one to be savored.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By I. Rodriguez on April 26, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is a very recent film that I watched at the suggestion of one of my co-workers (Hey Harlan!). I was captivated by this film from beginning to end. Its raw power is undescribable, and the performances by the lead actor in particular (Sean Nelson) was brilliant. The story deals with a young boy who has become a pint size drug runner. He, however, is extremely intelligent and knows that there is no future in this type of life. He sets out to become a man, and in the process many lives are changed, most importantly his own. It is a film of astonishing and unrelenting power which should be seen by everyone. I was very impressed with screenwriter/director Boaz Yakim's decision not to put the usual soundtrack that befuddles urban films, instead, the instrumental score brings yet another dimension to this already multi-layered motion picture. Kudos to Giancarlo Esposito in the role of Esteban.
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Format: DVD
'Fresh' released in '94 and directed by Boaz Yakin is a hard hitting view of life in the urban ghetto. Containing all the usual hazzards and scenarios; absentee Fathers' and halfway houses, prostitutes and pimps, drug dealers and the addicted, random senseless violence and the murder of the innocent.

However Boaz doesn't go the route of hopelessness and pessimistic acceptance. 'Fresh' (Sean Nelson) is the street name of a young boy who has fallen prey to all the urban maladies mentioned above. His Father is still living in the area but is separated from his Mother. He lives in a crowded halfway house, works for one of the local drug lords before and after school and his sister Nicole (N'Bushe Wright) is a prostitute and drug addict.

This is not the life this intelligent hardworking boy imagines for himself and his sister. His only release from the hardships of his troubled world seems to be when he visits the park to play an occassional game of speed chess. Fresh is a bit of a phenomenon, beating the older, more experienced players on a regular basis. He's apparently taking after his Father Sam (Sammuel L. Jackson) who happens to be a local chess legend.

When his Father begins showing up at the park to tutor his son on advanced chess strategies the street wise Fresh begins to translate those lessons into applied survival techniques for life on the streets.
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