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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,092,880
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nicolas Cage lied about his age so that he could get a bigger part, but the producers eventually found out that he was only 17. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

"The End" appears on a video arcade game screen. The game is Atari's Missle Command (once all the player's cities have been destroyed). See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original television version, there is more dialogue in the "no shirt, no shoes, no dice" scene. Spicoli says "I have uno nickel-ette...and a pick". He then makes up a story of how Mick Jagger gave him that pick. See more »

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Referenced in Ready Player One (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Somebody's Baby
Performed by Jackson Browne
Written by Jackson Browne & Danny Kortchmar
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I wish I'd gone to Ridgemont High
26 February 1999 | by CrizSee all my reviews

A fast-paced film with its share of laughs, Fast Times also takes time to sensitively handle many of the tough issues teens face. Abortion, trust, abandonment and sexual fears are all dealt with fairly and believably. An interesting snapshot into the world of teenagers--the great thing about this film is that it's not too stereotypically Californian. It could have been set anywhere in Canada or USA and still have been just as accurate. In addition, there are many scenes that will just have you doubled over with laughter--the carrot scene, as well as the interaction between rebel Sean Penn and angry Mr.Hand are just fantastic.


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