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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. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Giancarlo Esposito Best Supporting Actor 1994 Nominee
Sundance Film Festival Boaz Yakin Filmmaker's Trophy: Dramatic 1993 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Sean Nelson Best Debut Performance 1994 Winner

Cast

Sean Nelson
as Fresh
Giancarlo Esposito
as Esteban
Samuel L. Jackson
as Sam
N'Bushe Wright
as Nicole
Ron Brice
as Corky
Jean-Claude LaMarre
as Jake
Cheryl Freeman
as Aunt Frances
José Zuñiga
as Lieutenant Perez
Yul Vázquez
as Chillie
Curtis L. McClarin
as Darryl
Charles Malik Whitfield
as Smokey
Guillermo Diaz
as Spike
Anthony Ruiz
as Hector
Davenia McFadden
as Mrs. Coleman
Matthew Faber
as Long-Haired Teenager
Lawrence Bender
as Yuppie
Paul L.Q. Lee
as Tommy Yee
Mateo Gomez
as Mexican
Joe Pentangelo
as Transit Cop
Martin Shakar
as Detective Abe Sharp
F. Murray Abraham
as Chess Hustler (uncredited)
Randy Ostrow
as Mr. Cohen
Yul Vázquez
as Chillie
Randy Ostrow
as Mr. Cohen
F. Murray Abraham
as Chess Hustler (uncredited)
Charles Malik Whitfield
as Smokey
Lawrence Bender
as Yuppie
Davenia McFadden
as Mrs. Coleman
Martin Shakar
as Detective Abe Sharp
Mateo Gomez
as Mexican
Joe Pentangelo
as Transit Cop
Curtis L. McClarin
as Darryl
Matthew Faber
as Long-Haired Teenager
Anthony Ruiz
as Hector
José Zuñiga
as Lieutenant Perez
Paul L.Q. Lee
as Tommy Yee
Guillermo Diaz
as Spike

Crew

Boaz Yakin
Director
Jean Cazes
Producer
Lawrence Bender
Producer
Randy Ostrow
Producer
Boaz Yakin
Screenwriter
Adam Holender
Cinematographer
Stewart Copeland
Composer (Music Score)
Dorian Harris
Editor
Dan Leigh
Production Designer
Chrisann Verges
Co-producer
Joann Fregalette Jansen
Associate Producer
Lila Cazes
Executive Producer
Ellen Lutter
Costume Designer
Michael Barosky
Sound/Sound Designer
Al Griswold
Special Effects
J. Miller Tobin
First Assistant Director
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