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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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When Mark Rattner discovers he forgot his wallet on his date with Stacey and phones Damone in a panic, Damone is watching a rerun of Leave It to Beaver (1957). See more »

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When Linda is telling Stacy about the three girls who have cultivated the Pat Benatar look, the theatrical release, DVD version, and premium channel version, has her only mentioning two of them. 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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Never Surrender
Performed by Don Felder
Written by Don Felder & Kenny Loggins
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Awesome! Totally awesome! All right, Hamilton!
15 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a quality film. It's over 20 years old and has become one of those iconic teen movies and it's pretty easy to see why. It has everything you would expect; the bad hair, the bad clothes, the bad music, teenage awkwardness...all the clichés and stereotypes that we've seen repeated in basically every teen movie since then. And it has Sean Penn playing a stoner surfer. Sean. Penn. I'm pretty sure this movie is funnier now just because Sean Penn has had a successful career as a proper dramatic actor, and he plays the ultimate surfer dude perfectly. The grudge between himself and Mr Hand (Ray Walston) is great and probably produces the best (or at least funniest) moments of the film.

All in all, Fast Times is fun. It might be because it's dated, cheesy, and clichéd, but it still does the job and it is entertaining.


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