The Freshman

Synopsis: Clark Kellogg is a young man starting his first year at film school in New York City. After a small time crook steals all his belongings, Clark meets Carmine "Jimmy the Toucan" Sabatini, an "importer" bearing a startling resemblance to a certain cinematic godfather. When Sabatini makes Clark an offer he can't refuse, he finds himself caught up in a caper involving endangered species and fine dining.
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Andrew Bergman
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

Over there. Look.

Dwight, don't!


Are you nuts? You can't see the cap?

It's not orange enough?

Get out of these woods!

- I can hunt here. I got a permit.

- Lf he's got a permit...

Get out!

Let's go.

That's Dwight Armstrong,

my stepfather.

Accent on "step."

He's a lawyer.

And he's head of

"The Friends of Fish and Wildlife"...

... an extremist pro-mammal group

in Vermont.

Almost all its members, male

and female, look like Dwight.

My real dad died

in a motorcycle wreck when I was 6.

Two years later,

Mom met Mr. Personality.

It has not been a barrel of laughs.

There was a certain poignancy

about today's hunting party.

It was my last evening at home.

Tomorrow I was beginning my first year

at New York University film school.

A freshman. That was me.

My farewell dinner was

raucous and hilarious...

... full of warm, good feelings.

That should cover it.

Dwight gave me $600 spending


... and a hearty handshake.

- Where's the subway?

- Downstairs.

- That way?

- Right.


Forget it. He's out like a light.

The shame of the cities.

- Nothing broken?

- I'm okay.

That was a nasty spill.

- I'm okay.

- You sure?

- I'll give you a hand with those bags.

- No, thanks. I'm fine.

You're a smart kid.

Rule 1:

Don't let anybody touch your bags

unless you know that person is bonded.


I'm bonded, which is your good fortune.

Ignore her.

Who's this stranger talking to you?

It's Victor Ray of the

Victor Ray Car Service.

On your way to college, right?

- New York University.

- Good school.

Thanks. Do you know

where the subway is?

- You don't want the subway.

- Yes, I do.

- It's over there.

- Thanks.

In New York, we have

three distinct social classes.

People who make a billion dollars a

day and get laid in Trump Tower.

People who live in Times Square and

eat Yankee Doodles on the sidewalk.


Guys I call "the glue of society."

We go, "Forget about it."

All hell will break loose.

- Rich against poor.

- We're on the brink. It's seething.

Come with me.

For $65, you get an air-conditioned

ride and peace of mind.

No, I can't afford that.

I'll take you for the old rate, fifty.

No, it's out of my league.

- How much can you go for?

- I don't know.

- Forty, which for me is charity.

- Ten dollars I can manage.

Ten dollars?

For delivery and security in a

mint-condition Bonneville?

I have to eat.

I can't do better.

I'll walk or take a bus.

Okay, ten bucks.

I'll take you for ten bucks,

but on one condition.

Promise you won't tell anybody.

Word gets out, I'm finished.

- I won't tell a soul.

- Follow me.

I'm parked in a reserved spot.

Let's go. Come on.

Watch out!

Watch out! Suicide attempt, right?

It's bigger than I imagined.

That's true of many things in Manhattan.

The other boroughs too.

Tremendous things in Queens.

Go to the trunk.

It opens from the inside.

Take everything.

You'd be surprised how many people...

Stop the car!

Stop the car, please!

I'd been in New York 19 minutes 11

seconds, and I was already ruined.


The roommate enters. Come on in.

Don't be afraid. That's it. Come in.

I'm holding you in a medium shot.

A lovely shot. Very cinematic.

My name is Clark Kel...

A little confused. I like it.

It sells.

I like actors who think

in front of the camera.

- I'm moving in.

- Is this the right room?


That's a wrap. Check it.



- Steve Bushak.

- How do you do?

Really nice to meet you.

I should go to the police.

Kojak is a fictional character.

- Don't involve the police.

- So I'm just a victim.

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Andrew Bergman

Andrew Bergman (born February 20, 1945) is an American screenwriter, film director, and novelist. New York magazine in 1985 dubbed him "The Unknown King of Comedy". His best known films include Blazing Saddles, The In-Laws, and The Freshman. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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