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
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Hallie Todd (back when she was known as Hallie Eckstein) and Forest Whitaker actually attended high school together in the late 1970s in Paliasides, California. Whittaker plays a high school linebacker in the film and Todd plays a Toys r' Us employee at the mall who asks Linda for advice about sex and birth control. Unfortunately, Todd's scenes were seen only on the original theatrical version and removed from later prints, but they showed up on some TV airings as deleted footage. See more »
Before Ratner approaches Stacy and asks for her phone number, a customer in front of her is ordering a slice of pizza. In the close-up shot, there is a pen next to the order tablet. In the next shot, the pen is gone and the pizza is in a different position. See more »
Before the credits roll, brief scenes of the characters are shown listing what happened to them following the events of the movie. See more »
Broadcast TV version has an additional scene right after the scene where Mr. Hand rips up Spicoli's card on the first day of school. Spicoli and two of his buddies are in the bathroom and Spicoli is telling a overly fantastic version of the incident, about how he told Mr. Hand not to mess with him or there would be trouble. This probably was to tie in with the joke later where the story gets aroud that he pulled a knife on him. See more »
I was a few years out of high school when this came out, and really hit close to home for me. After I saw it, I looked up some of my old friends, most of them also saw it too, and we said to each other, "that's us!"
Many of the characters were a lot like the people I went to school with. I knew my share of stoners, studs, and girls who getting guys wasn't the biggest hang up in their life. Even today, I can sit, and watch this and I get fond memories of my old friends, and the fun we used to have.
This was made during the post-disco, pre-greed era of the 80s that was far too short. I'm surprised to find out this movie is still popular considering it is far from being politically correct. I'll admit, I wouldn't want my kids to some of the things these high school kids did, but it is a reminder how much fun the era was.
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