Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

The Freshman



Notes: Columbia Pictures. 102 minutes.
Clark Kellogg: Matthew Broderick
Carmine Sabatini: Marlon Brando
Tina Sabatini: Penelope Ann Miller
Larry London: Maximilian Schell
Dwight Armstrong: David Stratton

Directors: Andrew Bergman
Producers: Michael Lobell and Mike Lobell
Screenplay: Andrew Bergman
Cinematography: William A. Fraker
Music: David Newman

Summary: The film offers the modern-day misfortunes ofClark Kellogg, a naïve student going to a New York film school.Within 20 minutes of arriving in New York he is robbed. Througha freak chance of luck that exists only in the movies he seesthe man who robs him. He is then able to catch the harmless robberwho offers to get him a job in exchange for not being turned into the police. His employer is Carmine Sabatii, and it is allegedthat the character Don Corleone from The Godfather is basedon this man. The job is too good to be true: he gets $500 foreach package he delivers. Unfortunately, Kellogg believes Carmine’sassurances that the job is completely legal and agrees to workfor the man. The first package that he has to deliver is a Komodo-dragon;the man he is delivering it to is Larry London, an eccentric chef.

Commentary: The only thing that allows this movie to beconsidered a food movie is the fact that it revolves around theplot of cooking endangered species to serve to deranged socialiteswho want to try something exotic. There is also an amusing scenewhen Kellogg is forced to drink some real Italian coffee, andthe shots of the Gourmet Club also help to allow thismovie to be considered a food film.

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