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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.

Director:

Amy Heckerling

Writers:

Cameron Crowe (screenplay), Cameron Crowe (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Tom Nolan ... Dennis Taylor
Blair Tefkin Blair Tefkin ... Pat Bernardo (as Blair Ashleigh)
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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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At Ridgemont High Only the Rules get Busted! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fast Times See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,545,674, 15 August 1982

Gross USA:

$27,092,880

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,092,880
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.11 (2011) 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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The American Graffiti of the 80s
1 January 2003 | by super marauderSee all my reviews

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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