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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jeff Spicoli
... Stacy Hamilton
... Brad Hamilton
... Mike Damone
... Mark 'Rat' Ratner
... Linda Barrett
... Mr. Hand
... Arnold
... Mr. Vargas
... Lisa
... Ron Johnson
... Charles Jefferson
... Cindy
Tom Nolan ... Dennis Taylor
Blair Tefkin ... Pat Bernardo (as Blair Ashleigh)
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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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13 August 1982 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,545,674, 15 August 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,092,880
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1.85 : 1
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According to the Tampa Bay Times, Linda's nude scene was voted Top Nude Scene of All Time by Mr. Skin. See more »

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After the pool scene, when Stacy is in Mr. Hand's class, she is doodling in her notebook. The pen she is using in the close-up is a Bic "crystal" pen, but when the camera changes to her sitting in her desk, she is using a different Paper-Mate brand pen. Also, the notebook is folded back, under itself, but when the camera is panned out, the notebook is open with two pages showing. See more »

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[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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Somebody's Baby
Performed by Jackson Browne
Written by Jackson Browne & Danny Kortchmar
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Spicoli Rules!
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FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) **** Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston, Robert Rowanus, Brian Becker, Eric Stoltz, Anthony Edwards, Forest Whitaker, Vincent Schiavelli, Nicolas Cage. Hilarious and accurate depiction of life in 1980s high school that ranks among the best comedies of angst, anomie and above all - uncertainty - including "American Graffiti" and "Dazed and Confused". Vignettes with a fine ensemble of up and coming stars particularly Leigh (who's never been so innocent) and Penn as stoned surfer Jeff Spicoli ("People on ludes should not drive!" "Hey, Bud, huh, let's party!") is a comic gem of a performance. Great soundtrack and stable direction by Amy Heckerling and all too-knowing screenplay by future filmmaker Cameron Crowe ("Say Anything..."). Best bit: Mr. Hand convinced all are on drugs. Look sharp for Crowe's wife, rock singer Nancy Wilson, as the hot babe Reinhold tries to impress in traffic wearing his fast food pirate outfit.


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