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Director:
Writers:
Cameron Crowe (screenplay)
Cameron Crowe (book)
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Release Date:
13 August 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Fast Cars, Fast Girls, Fast Carrots...Fast Carrots? See more »
Plot:
A story of a group of California teenagers who enjoy malls, sex and rock n' roll. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The 80's Teen Culture at Its Finest See more (208 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
90 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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?

Trivia:
Sean Penn was asked to read for the part of Brad Hamilton as well as that of Jeff Spicoli.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene when Mr. Hand visits Spicoli at his house, the black telephone isn't there next to the bong and then it is.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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Soundtrack:
Love RulesSee more »

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50 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
The 80's Teen Culture at Its Finest, 2 April 2004
Author: David Drebsky (Paninoguy@aol.com) from Brooklyn, NY

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Cameron Crowe's script for `Fast Times at Ridgemont High' has totally held up in the nearly 20 years since it's release, in its portrayal of teenage life. Virtually plotless, the movie just follows the stories of a group of teenagers as they go about life in high school. And like so many 80's teen movies, it rightfully takes place for quite a bit of its run at the local mall. I find this movie to be extremely realistic, even in its somewhat exaggerated depictions of what some of the characters do (Jeff Spicoli ordering a pizza in the middle of class, or Charles Jefferson's winning of the football game by venting his anger at the school that supposedly trashed his car). But this is, after all, a movie, and a pretty good one too. And check out all those kick-ass 80's arcade games! *drools*

I'll try and give my best recollection of each of the main character's basic storylines. Let's see, Jeff Spicoli is the ideal surfer dude, empty-headed, sporting Hawaiian shirts, and talking in irresistible slang. He dislikes the uptightness of school, particularly personified by his history teacher, Mr. Hand. The two begin to have a battle of the wills. Brad Hamilton is a senior who goes from one fast-food job to the next, who has no idea what he is supposed to do with his life, even though everyone, including his guidance counselor, expects a lot from him. Stacy Hamilton is a guy-crazy chick who is sensitive but who wants sex and attention, leading her first into the arms of an older man, and eventually into those of Mike Damone, a cocky hustler, when the only guy who genuinely cares for her is nerdy Mark Ratner. Damone is a shady character, a charming sweet-talker who scalps tickets and does what he can for a quick buck. He tries to help Ratner score with Stacy, but then steals the girl. Ratner is an insecure nerd-type who is good at heart, who works at the mall movie theater, and who just wants his shot with Stacy. He finds himself broken-hearted when he uncovers Damone's betrayal. Linda Barrett is Stacy's best friend and confidante, a sexy, confident girl who is constantly moving from one guy to the next and sort of becomes a quasi role model for Stacy. That's the basic premise for all of what goes on.

Probably the most famous line is that uttered by Sean Penn's Jeff Spicoli: `Aloha, Mr. Hand.' I'm not sure if it's the Hawaiian talk or the idiocy of the teacher's name that has made this line so supremely quoted over the years. Anyone who has seen the movie recognizes it immediately. I can say immediately that I have never, ever seen Penn play a part like this, and I don't think I've ever seen a surfer personified with such grace. Even though the conflict between Spicoli and Mr. Hand is light-hearted, I always wanted to see them having a fist-fight in the halls. Stacy's story is actually pretty serious.she winds up being the victim of a teenage pregnancy, which is not often addressed in a teen comedy. Her eventual realization that Mark is the guy for her seems natural and not scripted. And thankfully, they're only starting to date by the end of the movie, and not getting engaged or married or something equally stupid as in some lesser movies. Damone is such a weird off-beat character, and his friendship with Ratner so unusual, that I have to give Cameron Crowe credit for making it all work. Brad seems to have the least to do with the other characters but as an unsuccessful go-getter, I can definitely relate to him.

In conclusion, this is one of my favorite 80's teen movies. It goes a lot deeper than `The Breakfast Club' and its adult characters, though not well-sculpted, are treated with more warmth and humanity than many of teen comedies. It's a required viewing for teens, young adults, and anyone with a fondness for 80's culture.

Grade: A

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