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  • PG
  • Comedy, Crime
  • 1990
  • 102 mins

Freshman, The

Freshman, The

About

Marlon Brando plays a parody of his Godfather character in this funny send-up of the sometimes stuffy genre of Mafia melodrama. Matthew Broderick plays a film student who gets drawn into working for the mob under the tutelage of Capo Brando. To begin with he gets by undetected thanks to his expertise in the cinema's depiction of the criminal community, but will his knowledge help or hinder his safety in the long run?

It's a nice premise, film informing life, and Bergman's film succeeds thanks to its sprightly pace, modest but fully realised ambition and the ever affable Broderick.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Frank Whaley, Bruno Kirby, Penelope Ann Miller, Marlon Brando, Jon Polito, Matthew Broderick
  • Director: Andrew Bergman
  • Writer: Andrew Bergman
  • Producer: Mike Lobell
  • Photographer: William A Fraker

In a nutshell

Brando is hilarious.

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