- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 12, 2002
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Miramax Echo Bridge
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Boaz Yakin - Director
- Bonus Footage: Cast Auditions
- Comparisons: Film-to-Storyboard Comparison
- Bloopers: Gag Reel
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Premiere - 02/01/1995
"...Yakin's astonishing first feature..." - Recommended
Rolling Stone - 09/08/1994
"...Powerful and moving....The acting by Esposito and Jackson is exceptional..."
New York Times - 04/01/1994
"...An ultimately devastating panorama....Delicate and sympathetic work from both [Esposito and Jackson]..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/16/1994
"...Shocking resonance....[Nelson is] a wondrous young actor..." -- Rating:B
Los Angeles Times - 08/31/1994
"...[The film has] several effective acting performances, especially Sean Nelson's in the title role..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/31/1994
"...Here's a movie filled with drama and excitement, unfolding a plot of brilliant complexity....The movie is well constructed..."
In this critically-acclaimed action drama a street-wise 12-year-old boy devises a dangerous plan to rid his neighborhood of its two competing drug dealers and save his sister. Using the type of thought he learned from playing chess with his father, the kid plays the thugs off one another, makes sacrifices when necessary, and wins the game. Winner of the Filmmaker's Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
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. Fighting back in the only way he knows how, Fresh defies the odds by staying one move ahead of the local criminals in a dangerous game of survival! With extraordinary breakthrough performances by Samuel L. Jackson (PULP FICTION, JURASSIC PARK) and young Sean Nelson as Fresh, this is electrifying, edge-of-your-seat entertainment!
There's only one thing making this inner-city delivery boy's job dangerous: the merchandise. 12-year-old Fresh is a drug courier whose morning deliveries make him late for school. Luckily, he's also got age on his side. Fresh is small enough not be noticed, smart enough to stay quiet and quick enough to avoid trouble, so he's sitting pretty. But life can still be rough for a little kid in the 'hood. When Fresh witnesses a murder, there's nothing he can do but keep his mouth shut, if he wants to stay alive.
- "Fresh" was shown at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.
- Shot in DeLuxe color.
- Copyright Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
- Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.