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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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Storyline

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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Fast Cars, Fast Girls, Fast Carrots...Fast Carrots? See more »

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13 August 1982 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,545,674 (USA) (15 August 1982)

Gross:

$27,092,880 (USA)
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When Stacy meets Ron Johnson at Perry's and he asks her how old she is, she tells him she's 19 - a lie, as the character of Stacy was supposed to be 15. However, actress Jennifer Jason Leigh was, in reality, 19 when the movie was filmed. See more »

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When Spicoli is in the convenience store with Brad, after saying, "I knew it," Spicoli reaches down off camera and picks up something and you can hear him place it on the counter, but in the next shot there's nothing there, he then picks up a can and puts it on the counter again. See more »

Quotes

[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

Before the credits roll, brief scenes of the characters are shown listing what happened to them following the events of the movie. See more »


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Goodbye, Goodbye
Performed by Oingo Boingo
Written by Danny Elfman
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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I wish I'd gone to Ridgemont High
26 February 1999 | by (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) – See all my reviews

A fast-paced film with its share of laughs, Fast Times also takes time to sensitively handle many of the tough issues teens face. Abortion, trust, abandonment and sexual fears are all dealt with fairly and believably. An interesting snapshot into the world of teenagers--the great thing about this film is that it's not too stereotypically Californian. It could have been set anywhere in Canada or USA and still have been just as accurate. In addition, there are many scenes that will just have you doubled over with laughter--the carrot scene, as well as the interaction between rebel Sean Penn and angry Mr.Hand are just fantastic.


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