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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

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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:

13 August 1982 (USA)  »

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Fast Times  »

Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nicolas Cage was originally considered for the role of Brad Hamilton, but the studio thought his performance was too dark. Cage was also 17 at the time, and could not work as many hours as 18-year-olds. See more »


As Stacy and Ron Johnson drive at night, the background outside the car repeats itself numerous times. 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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Winter Wonderland
Performed by Darlene Love
Written by Felix Bernard (uncredited) & Richard B. Smith (uncredited)
Courtesy of Phil Spector International
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"No Shirt , No Shoes , NO DICE"
1 September 2003 | by (orbiting around Marz) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of my all time 80s favorites. All kinds of stars in this one. Totally depicts high school teens in the early 80s Fur Shure! Lots of comedy - little bit of drama - whole lot of sex. Sean Penn as the stoner surfer dude is the funniest role in his career. Phoebe Cates , was just becoming a known star. Jennifer Jason Leigh totally looks her part as a teen virgin and you can also see Nancy Wilson (guitarist of the band HEART) here in her tiny cameo role. Love this early 80s classic.Own it.Learn it. Live it...

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