The Freshman

The Freshman

Andrew Bergman (1990)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Here's a chance to see a mellow Marlon Brando in his greatest comedy performance - a case of self-parody in which he plays a godfather figure making film student Matthew Broderick an offer he can't refuse: a job as a delivery boy, carting around exotic animals including a giant lizard. Writer/director Andrew Bergman's glorious spoof of Mafia ways spends too long satirising film-study pretension, but spins its screwball antics along at such a pace you can forgive it almost anything.


A powerful New York underworld boss takes a penniless film student under his wing in an attempt to educate him in the criminal ways. Comedy drama, starring Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Penelope Ann Miller, Bruno Kirby and Frank Whaley.

Cast & Crew

Carmine Sabatini Marlon Brando
Clark Kellogg Matthew Broderick
Victor Ray Bruno Kirby
Tina Sabatini Penelope Ann Miller
Steve Bushak Frank Whaley
Chuck Greenwald Jon Polito
Arthur Fleeber Paul Benedict
Lloyd Simpson Richard Gant
Dwight Armstrong Kenneth Welsh
Liz Armstrong Pamela Payton-Wright
Director Andrew Bergman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains swearing. Available on: video and DVD
Drama Comedy