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


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

13 August 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fast Times  »

Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cameron Crowe wrote the screenplay based on his book. Cameron Crowe attended University of San Diego High School, he posed as a student at Clairemont High School. The principal then was not thrilled with the idea, but when he asked Crowe about musicians that he had met, he mentioned Kris Kristofferson. The principal was a big fan of Kristofferson and agreed to let Crowe on campus. See more »


When Damone apologizes to Ratt at the graduation dance, the entire crowd is fast dancing to "Life in the Fast Lane". However, during the conversation, everybody is slow dancing. 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 »


So Much in Love
Performed by Timothy B. Schmit
Written by W. Jackson, R. Straigis, G. Williams
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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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