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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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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Near the beginning of the movie, right after Mr. Hand sends Spicoli to the front office for being late to class, Mr. Hand passes out the class schedule of quizzes. After the paper is passed out, the students put the page up to their noses and deeply inhale. This was a popular school ritual of the '60s, '70s and early '80s as photocopying machines were very expensive, so spirit duplicators were used. The spirit duplicators used a colored wax as the "ink" and a noxious solvent as a transfer agent to impress the ink on the paper. These solvents sometimes took a long time to dry, hence the students' use of these solvents as a short-term high. See more »

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Mr. Hand tells the students that the Platt Amendment is an Amendment to the US Constitution and is vital in their daily lives. The Platt Amendment is neither a Constitutional Amendment nor is it important in Americans' daily lives. The Platt Amendment established Cuba as a US protectorate after the USA helped free Cuba from Spanish rule during the 1898 Spanish-American War. Furthermore, it was passed in 1901, not 1906 as he claims. 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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An extra scene of Linda comforting Stacy after she tells Linda that she might be pregnant after her tryst with Mike. See more »

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Winter Wonderland
Performed by Darlene Love
Written by Felix Bernard (uncredited) & Richard B. Smith (uncredited)
Courtesy of Phil Spector International
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Awesome! Totally awesome! All right, Hamilton!
15 March 2006 | by snow0rSee 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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