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Fresh

Year: 1994
Production Co: Miramax Films
Director: Boaz Yakin
Producer: Lawrence Bender
Writer: Boaz Yakin
Cast: Sean Nelson, Samuel L Jackson
An urban fable about a young kid growing up in the drug-sozzled neighbourhoods of New York and his efforts to avoid premature death.

Summed up in the powerful, shattering and heartbreaking basketball scene. Fresh (Nelson) has a crush on the cute girl on the basketball court, a scene from a million movies. A courtside altercation erupts and bullets fly, the kid on the other end of the disagreement laying dead, the girl Fresh has had his eye on bleeding to death slowy after being caught in the crossfire.

It veers away from the morality play a little by having Fresh take a terrible risk by setting rival drugs gangs up against each other to increase his own chances of survival, but it has an urban style and a strong message nevertheless. Jackson is credible and restrained as his chess-playing estranged father.

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