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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll.

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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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At Ridgemont High Only the Rules get Busted! See more »

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13 August 1982 (USA)  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Brian Backer and Scott Thomson both appeared in Police Academy movies. See more »

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When Damon takes Rat to get Stacie's number, the camera shows a quick shot from far away of Stacie leaning over the counter next to the cashier. Stacie's hair clearly has a braid running down the side. But as soon as Rat comes up to talk to her, her hair simply has been pulled back by barrettes. Her hair style is clearly different. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They? (2002) See more »

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Highway Runner
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Written by Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer
Performed by Donna Summer
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The American Graffiti of the 1980's.
22 October 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Just like "American Graffiti", you not only will see a timeless classic, but you will also see the breeding ground for many of today's greatest actors. Sean Penn, Anthony Edwards, Eric Stoltz, Phoebe Cates, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Forrest Whitaker all appeared in this film in the early stages of their careers. Even Oscar winner Nicolas Cage (appearing under his real surname of Copolla) was in this film, though in a very small role. This film was a glimpse into the future at some of the actors who would become major stars in film and television.

As for the film itself, it pretty much was a look at how high school really was in the eighties with all the pressures from sex, the cliques and, of course, drugs. In fact, the Catholic high school I went to was pretty much a carbon copy of Ridgemont. The film also manages to blend comedy with drama as it shows how high school was and still pretty much is. This film is definitely a classic.


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