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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 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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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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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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Trivia

When Stacy meets Ron Johnson at Perry's and he asks her how old she is, she tells him she's 19 - a lie, as the character of Stacy was supposed to be 15. However, actress Jennifer Jason Leigh was, in reality, 19 when the movie was filmed. See more »

Goofs

When Stacy and Mike are talking about plans for her abortion, she says, "I know it's yours. I never did with anybody else." This is not true. Earlier in the movie, Ron Johnson and she had sex at The Point. 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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Before the credits roll, brief scenes of the characters are shown listing what happened to them following the events of the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Fast Times at Naughty America University 1 (2006) See more »

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Highway Runner
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Written by Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer
Performed by Donna Summer
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Required viewing for surviving the eighties
9 August 1998 | by See all my reviews

All throughout the decade of pencil-thin neckties and Pat Benatar look-alikes, various films came along that served to embody the times. "Valley Girl" (which introduced us to Nicholas Cage) and "Secret Admirer" were just a drop in the proverbial bucket. Amy Heckerling's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" was the textbook definition of life as a teenager in the eighties and remains so to this day. The story was brought to life in a very unique way that hasn't been duplicated since:

There was no actual plot to speak of. This was just...High School.

It's a film about a group of kids looking for love, status, or a good buzz. The film was nothing more than that, and it didn't pretend to be more. In addition, Cameron Crowe's script made you *care* about what these kids went through as if their individual situations were happening to us (as they may very well have). It's almost a crime that a sequel was never made, although a mediocre TV series was spawned. Armed with a cast of characters that struck a chord with all of us (primarily because we knew someone in High School who acted just like them), and a soundtrack that reeked of the Mark Goodman-J.J. Jackson era of MTV, this film stands as a perfect portrait of a decade a lot of us say we'd like to forget....shortly before brushing the dust off an old Night Ranger cassette and indulging in a guilty pleasure.


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