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Fast Times at Ridgemont High -- Academy Award winner Sean Penn leads an all-star cast in this hilarious portrayal of a group of high school students and their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High -- A story of a group of California teenagers who enjoy malls, sex and rock n' roll.


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Cameron Crowe (screenplay)
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3 September 1982 (USA) See more »
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A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Penn ... Jeff Spicoli

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Stacy Hamilton

Judge Reinhold ... Brad Hamilton

Robert Romanus ... Mike Damone

Brian Backer ... Mark 'Rat' Ratner

Phoebe Cates ... Linda Barrett

Ray Walston ... Mr. Hand
Scott Thomson ... Arnold

Vincent Schiavelli ... Mr. Vargas

Amanda Wyss ... Lisa

D.W. Brown ... Ron Johnson

Forest Whitaker ... Charles Jefferson

Kelli Maroney ... Cindy
Tom Nolan ... Dennis Taylor
Blair Tefkin ... Pat Bernardo (as Blair Ashleigh)

Eric Stoltz ... Stoner Bud
Stanley Davis Jr. ... Jefferson's Brother

James Russo ... Robber

James Bolt ... Greg (as James Bershad)

Nicolas Cage ... Brad's Bud (as Nicolas Coppola)
Reginald Farmer ... Vice Principal (as Reginald H. Farmer)

Anthony Edwards ... Stoner Bud

Pamela Springsteen ... Dina Phillips
Stuart Cornfeld ... Pirate King

Sonny Carl Davis ... Businessman (as Sonny Davis)
Michael Wyle ... Brad's Bud

David Price ... Desmond (as David E. Price)
Patrick Brennan ... Curtis Spicoli
Julie Guilmette ... Perry's Pizza Waitress
Shelly O'Neill ... Perry's Pizza Waitress
Stu Nahan ... Himself
Duane Tucker ... Dr. Brandt

Martin Brest ... Dr. Miller
Douglas Brian Martin ... Angry Twin
Steven M. Martin ... Angry Twin

Taylor Negron ... Pizza Guy
Kenny Lawrence ... Ticket Customer
John Hollander ... Ticket Customer
Ricky Redlich ... Ticket Customer

Nancy Wilson ... Beautiful Girl in Car

David Resnik ... Reeves Nevo & The Cinch
Erick Leroy Burdette ... Reeves Nevo & The Cinch (as Eric Leroy [Pee Wee] Burdette)
David Doolittle ... Reeves Nevo & The Cinch
Tom B. Bralley ... Reeves Nevo & The Cinch
Reeves Nevo ... Reeves Nevo & The Cinch
Virginia Peters ... Restaurant Waitress
Laurie Hendricks ... Nurse
Lois Brandt ... Mrs. O'Rourke
Ellen Fenwick ... Stacey's Mom
Cherie Effron ... Girl #1
Suzanne Marie Fava ... Girl #2

Lana Clarkson ... Mrs. Vargas
Roy Homer Wallack ... Santa Claus (as Roy Holmer Wallack)

Ava Lazar ... Playmate
Lori Sutton ... Playmate (as Lorie Sutton)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

April Audia ... Mary Anne Zalotnick - Pat Benatar Wannabe (uncredited)
Jason Bernard ... Gym Teacher (uncredited)
Andrew Rayden ... Baby (uncredited)
Amy Sawaya ... Student (uncredited)

Hallie Todd ... Linda's Friend (uncredited)

Directed by
Amy Heckerling 
Writing credits
Cameron Crowe (screenplay)

Cameron Crowe (book)

Produced by
Irving Azoff .... producer
C.O. Erickson .... executive producer
Art Linson .... producer
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eric Jenkins 
Casting by
Don Phillips 
Art Direction by
Daniel A. Lomino  (as Dan Lomino)
Set Decoration by
Cloudia Rebar  (as Cloudia)
Costume Design by
Marilyn Vance 
Makeup Department
Janice D. Brandow .... hair stylist (as Jan Brandow)
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
Production Management
C.O. Erickson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Dillon .... second assistant director
Marty P. Ewing .... second assistant director (as Marty Ewing)
Albert M. Shapiro .... first assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)
John Moio .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dudley Holmes .... property master (as Ace Holmes)
Marty Seidman .... greensman
Ward Welton .... painter
Sound Department
Phil Flad .... sound re-recordist
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound re-recordist (as Roger Heman)
Dennis Jones .... boom operator
Anthony Magro .... sound effects editor (as Tony Magro)
Tom Overton .... sound
Jeffrey L. Sandler .... sound effects editor (as Jeff Sandler)
Rex Slinkard .... sound re-recordist
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
James Thompson .... sound recordist
James Troutman .... sound effects editor (as Jim Troutman)
Paul Wittenberg .... loop dialogue editor (as Paul Wittinburg)
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... special effects (uncredited)
Richard E. Butler .... stunts
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Ellis)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
Melvin Jones .... stunts
Julius LeFlore .... stunts
John Moio .... stunt coordinator
John Moio .... stunts (as John A. Moio)
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (as Glenn Randall)
Bobby Sargent .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts (as Al Wyatt)
Camera and Electrical Department
Pat Blymyer .... gaffer
Hugo Cortina .... gaffer
James Glennon .... additional photographer
James Glennon .... camera operator
Ron Grover .... still photographer
John R. Leonetti .... assistant camera (as John Robert Leonetti)
John J. Linder .... key grip (as John Linder)
Ronald Vidor .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Bonnie Timmermann .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Chase .... costume supervisor (as Bob Chase)
Shanan Harrell .... costume supervisor (as Shannon Harrell)
Donna Linson .... assistant costume designer
Marla Denise Schlom .... costume supervisor (as Marla Schlom)
Chuck Velasco .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Debra Chiate .... assistant film editor (as Debbie Chiate)
Arthur W. Forney .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Ed Cherney .... music production audio consultant
Bob Destocki .... music coordinator
Joe Walsh .... additional scoring
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Transportation Department
Vince del Castillo .... transportation captain (as Vince Del Castillo)
Ken Lubin .... transportation captain
Other crew
Joy Anzarouth .... assistant to executive producer
Angelo Corallis .... craft service
Joan Eisenberg .... unit publicist
Carrie Frazier .... assistant: Amy Heckerling
Leora Glass .... assistant to executive producer
Brian Haynes .... assistant to executive producer
Patti Roberts-Nelson .... assistant to producer
Marion Tumen .... script supervisor
Brian O. Haynes .... location manager (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fast Times" - Australia (poster title), International (English title) (informal short title)
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90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:R (original rating) (cut) | Australia:M (re-rating) (uncut) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-12 | Ireland:18 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:16 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:11 | UK:18 | USA:R (No. 26703) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Doug Benson appears briefly as an extra in the final mall scene.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Damone and Stacy are walking home from school, each can be seen with a lump under their shirts from wearing a wireless lavalier microphone.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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25 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Awesome! Totally awesome! All right, Hamilton!, 15 March 2006
Author: Mike Keating ( from London, England

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a quality film. It's over 20 years old and has become one of those iconic teen movies and it's pretty easy to see why. It has everything you would expect; the bad hair, the bad clothes, the bad music, teenage awkwardness...all the clichés and stereotypes that we've seen repeated in basically every teen movie since then. And it has Sean Penn playing a stoner surfer. Sean. Penn. I'm pretty sure this movie is funnier now just because Sean Penn has had a successful career as a proper dramatic actor, and he plays the ultimate surfer dude perfectly. The grudge between himself and Mr Hand (Ray Walston) is great and probably produces the best (or at least funniest) moments of the film.

All in all, Fast Times is fun. It might be because it's dated, cheesy, and clichéd, but it still does the job and it is entertaining.

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