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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  3 September 1982 (USA)
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A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Thomson ...
Ron Johnson
Charles Jefferson
Tom Nolan ...
Blair Tefkin ...
Pat Bernardo (as Blair Ashleigh)


Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The center of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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Release Date:

3 September 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Picardías estudiantiles  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Ratner is getting dating advice from Damone in Damone's bedroom, Ratner is wearing a T-shirt for the movie, Popeye (1980) which starred Ray Walston, who played Mr. Hand. See more »


While Brad is talking to his friend at the burger joint while frying burgers, the burgers change position on the grill between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Perry's Pizza Waitress: Linda, Linda, there he is. There's that guy from the stereo store. Don't you think he looks like Richard Gere?
Linda Barrett: Did you see his cute little butt?
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Crazy Credits

"The End" appears on a video arcade game screen. The game is Atari's Missle Command (once all the player's cities have been destroyed). See more »


Referenced in Tosh.0: Surfer Fail (2011) See more »


Waffle Stomp
Performed by Joe Walsh
Written by Joe Walsh
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Required viewing for surviving the eighties
9 August 1998 | by (Somewhere in America) – See all my reviews

All throughout the decade of pencil-thin neckties and Pat Benatar look-alikes, various films came along that served to embody the times. "Valley Girl" (which introduced us to Nicholas Cage) and "Secret Admirer" were just a drop in the proverbial bucket. Amy Heckerling's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" was the textbook definition of life as a teenager in the eighties and remains so to this day. The story was brought to life in a very unique way that hasn't been duplicated since:

There was no actual plot to speak of. This was just...High School.

It's a film about a group of kids looking for love, status, or a good buzz. The film was nothing more than that, and it didn't pretend to be more. In addition, Cameron Crowe's script made you *care* about what these kids went through as if their individual situations were happening to us (as they may very well have). It's almost a crime that a sequel was never made, although a mediocre TV series was spawned. Armed with a cast of characters that struck a chord with all of us (primarily because we knew someone in High School who acted just like them), and a soundtrack that reeked of the Mark Goodman-J.J. Jackson era of MTV, this film stands as a perfect portrait of a decade a lot of us say we'd like to forget....shortly before brushing the dust off an old Night Ranger cassette and indulging in a guilty pleasure.

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