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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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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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Fast Cars, Fast Girls, Fast Carrots...Fast Carrots? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

13 August 1982 (USA)  »

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Fast Times  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,545,674 (USA) (15 August 1982)

Gross:

$27,092,880 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filming lasted a total of eight weeks, in various Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley, CA, locations. Night shooting took place after hours at the Sherman Oaks Galleria in Sherman Oaks, CA, from 9:00 pm until 9:00 am. Hundreds of extras were hired to portray shoppers, while the fast food restaurants remained open to provide snacks for the cast and crew. During the first week of the schedule, the mall was decorated with "Ridgemont High" signs, pom-poms, and banners. The crew returned for an additional week of filming, when the location had been decorated for Christmas. Art director Daniel A. Lomino worked with director of photography Matthew F. Leonetti to develop an interior lighting system that would resemble normal mall lighting, but would still fully illuminate the scene. The setup reportedly saved a full day of shooting. 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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Cruising Vessel......Sheldon See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fast Times at Deep Crack High (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Surrender
Performed by Don Felder
Written by Don Felder & Kenny Loggins
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I wish I'd gone to Ridgemont High
26 February 1999 | by (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) – See 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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