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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll.

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Director: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson
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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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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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Trivia

Judge Reinhold and James Russo also appear together in Beverly Hills Cop (1984). See more »

Goofs

When Spicoli has the pizza delivered to Mr. Hand's classroom, the girl sitting on Stacy Hamilton's left hand side is wearing a gold necklace and then is not. Also, her hair is both tied back and hanging down throughout the scene. 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

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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Spoofed in Escape from Ridgemont High (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Winter Wonderland
Performed by Darlene Love
Written by Felix Bernard (uncredited) & Richard B. Smith (uncredited)
Courtesy of Phil Spector International
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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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