Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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Director: Amy Heckerling

Cast: Amy Heckerling, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold

     
 

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Fast Times At Ridgemont High, a blueprint for the modern teen movie genre, gets a DVD release packed solid with bonus material that celebrates the movie in most excellent ways. For starters, the commentary of director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe is a joy; they joke and reminisce their way through the movie in a manner proving their mutual admirationSee more details below

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Fast Times At Ridgemont High, a blueprint for the modern teen movie genre, gets a DVD release packed solid with bonus material that celebrates the movie in most excellent ways. For starters, the commentary of director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe is a joy; they joke and reminisce their way through the movie in a manner proving their mutual admiration. Heckerling and Crowe dole out nuggets about discovering future stars Sean Penn, Eric Stoltz, and Phoebe Cates, about making the set oversized so the actors would look younger, and about battling the studio over issues such as music and sexual content. The "Reliving Our Fast Times Documentary" covers similar territory, drawing from interviews with Heckerling, Penn, the casting agent, the producers and many more associated with the production. Also included are the theatrical trailer, extensive cast crew notes and unusual features such as a video map of Ridgemont High hangouts and a Music Highlights menu, which allows the viewer to cue scenes by song track. The movie is presented in Anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound. This classic American comedy is presented as such in this most bodacious DVD release.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Roth
While the styles and slang terms made Fast Times at Ridgemont High a pop culture touchstone of the early 1980s, the film's restless adolescence remains dead-on: Anyone who has been a teen will likely see a part of themselves somewhere at Ridgemont High. Director Amy Heckerling's exuberant film -- based on a script from Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), who had gone undercover in a Southern California high school to take the pulse of America's teens in the early '80s -- shot for "awesome," and scored several direct hits. Foremost among these are the hilarious moments when stoned surfer Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) is on the screen. Charming, too, in early career-making roles are Judge Reinhold and Jennifer Jason Leigh as the dorky fast-food worker Brad Hamilton and his sister Stacy, respectively. The poolside fantasy Heckerling creates for Brad, with Phoebe Cates as the overripe object of his teenage male hormonal rampage, is at once sizzling, smart, and silly. In this teen universe, life is about crappy jobs, uninspiring classes, borrowed cars (from their parents), and sexual anxiety. That Heckerling turns it into something giddy rather than depressing is a major feat.
All Movie Guide
Many teen comedies of the 1980s and 1990s tried to imitate the verve and nerve of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but few succeeded. Films by John Hughes, such as The Breakfast Club, were much tamer. Others were much more gross and not as well-written. First-time director Amy Heckerling took a typical teen story penned by Cameron Crowe, a gabfest about sex, school, and status, and turned it into a film that is emblematic of an era. The Southern California suburban mall teen scene and its accompanying "Valley Girl" lingo were spreading widely, and this film both nails and lampoons this subculture with knowing effect. With only Taps behind him, Fast Times at Ridgemont High helped a young Sean Penn become the brightest star of a new Hollywood "rat pack" of sassy young actors. Many others, including Phoebe Cates and Judge Reinhold, also were boosted by their roles in the large and talented ensemble cast.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/21/1999
UPC:
0025192053023
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
88,430

Special Features

Feature commentary with director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe; "Reliving Our Fast Times at Ridgemont High" documentary; Production notes; Cast & filmmakers; Theatrical trailer; "Hangouts of Ridgemont High" video map; Music highlights

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Penn Jeff Spicoli
Jennifer Jason Leigh Stacy Hamilton
Judge Reinhold Brad Hamilton
Robert Romanus Mike Damone
Brian Backer Mark Ratner
Phoebe Cates Linda Barrett
Ray Walston Mr. Hand
Scott Thomson Arnold
Vincent Schiavelli Vargas
Amanda Wyss Lisa
Sonny Carl Davis Businessman
Taylor Negron Himself
David F. Price Desmond
Lori Sutton Playmate
Reginald H. Farmer Vice Principal
D.W. Brown Ron Johnson
Forest Whitaker Charles Jefferson
Kelli Maroney Cindy
Tom Nolan Dennis Taylor
Eric Stoltz Stoner Bud
James Russo Robber
James Bershad Greg
Anthony Edwards Stoner Bud
Pamela Springsteen Dina Phillips
Stuart Cornfield Pirate King
Michael Wyle Brad's Bud
Patrick Brennan Curtis Spicoli
Stu Nahan Himself
Duane Tucker Dr. Brandt
Martin Brest Dr. Miller
Douglas Brian Martin Angry Twin
Steven M. Martin Twin
Nancy Wilson Girl in Car
Virginia Peters Waitress
Lana Clarkson Mrs. Vargas
Ava Lazar Playmate
Nicolas Cage Bit Part

Technical Credits
Amy Heckerling Director
Irving Azoff Producer
Cameron Crowe Original Story,Screenwriter
C.O. Erickson Executive Producer
Frank Griffin Makeup
Eric Jenkins Editor
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Art Linson Producer
John Loggia Production Designer
Daniel Lomino Art Director
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Don Phillips Casting
Albert M. Shapiro Asst. Director
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Walsh Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles [:03]
2. The Dudes [2:08]
3. Ridgemont High [:07]
4. Going Out [1:17]
5. Truancy [1:01]
6. Attitude [1:51]
7. Cruising [1:16]
8. School Spirit [8:45]
9. Rate Your Mate [:07]
10. Captain Hook [1:27]
11. Big Brother [1:59]
12. Revenge [1:14]
13. Field Trip [1:31]
14. Finals [2:29]
15. Last Dance [:23]
16. Romance [:33]
17. A Hero [9:47]
18. End Titles [:28]

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