Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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Overview

Amy Heckerling's adaptation of Cameron Crowe's Fast Times at Ridgemont High is often considered one of the finest films of a disreputable genre (the teen sex comedy), and kick-started the careers of many future stars. The center of this ensemble film is Jennifer Jason Leigh as Stacy Hamilton. She is a young, innocent high-school student who, as the film opens, is asking for advice from her friend, the sexually outspoken Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates). Stacy takes a liking to nebbish Mark Ratner (Brian Backer), but ...
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Overview

Amy Heckerling's adaptation of Cameron Crowe's Fast Times at Ridgemont High is often considered one of the finest films of a disreputable genre (the teen sex comedy), and kick-started the careers of many future stars. The center of this ensemble film is Jennifer Jason Leigh as Stacy Hamilton. She is a young, innocent high-school student who, as the film opens, is asking for advice from her friend, the sexually outspoken Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates). Stacy takes a liking to nebbish Mark Ratner (Brian Backer), but he is too afraid to make a move even after Stacy all but throws herself at him. She eventually hooks up with Mark's more confident best friend, Mike Damone (Robert Romanus). When not concerning itself with these four characters, the film spends time with stoned surfer dude Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) and his ongoing feud with history teacher Mr. Hand (Ray Walston). The film includes brief appearances by such future stars as Nicolas Cage, Eric Stoltz, and Forest Whitaker.
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Special Features

Feature commentary with director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe; "Reliving Our Fast Times at Ridgemont High"; "Hangouts of Ridgemont High" video map; production notes; cast and filmmakers's biographies; theatrical trailer; musical highlights.
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Editorial Reviews

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: 11/2/2004
  • UPC: 025192544521
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Slip Sleeve
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Español
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,774

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 --
1. Main Titles [:03]
2. The Dudes [2:08]
3. Ridgemont High [:07]
4. Going Out [1:18]
5. Truancy [1:01]
6. Attitude [:25]
7. Cruising [:47]
8. School Spirit [:39]
9. Rate Your Mate [1:16]
10. Captain Hook [:20]
11. Big Brother [:31]
12. Revenge [:54]
13. Field Trip [:09]
14. Finals [:57]
15. Last Dance [:08]
16. Romance [5:43]
17. A Hero [:07]
18. End Titles [1:27]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Bonus Material
      Classic Quotes
         "That Was My Skull. I'm So Wasted!"
         "This is U.S. History, I See a Globe Right There"
         "All I Need Are Some Tasty Waves, Cool Buzz, and I'm Fine"
         "Awesome! Totally Awesome!"
      Reliving Our Fast Times At Ridgemont High
      Feature Commentary with Director Amy Heckerling & Screenwriter Cameron Crowe: On
      Feature Commentary with Director Amy Heckerling & Screenwriter Cameron Crowe: Off
      Hangouts Of Ridgemont High
         Ridgemont High (Canoga Park Campus) / Ridgemont High (Van Noys Campus)
         The Paint (Encino)
         Ridgemont Mall (Sherman Oaks)
         All American Burger (Westwood)
      Production Notes
      Cast & Filmmakers
         Classic Quotes
            "Relax, Alright. My Old Man Is a Television Repairman, He's Got This Ultimate Set of Tools. I Can Fix It"
            "Hey! You Know We Left This England Place Because It Was Bogus. So If We Don't Get Some Cool Rules Ourselves, Pronto, We'll Just Be Bogus Too. Yeah?"
            "Hey, Wait a Minute, There's No Birthday Party for Me in Here!"
            "When it Comes Down to Making Out, Whenever Possible, Put On Side One of Led Zeppelin IV"
      Theatrical Trailer
      Music Highlights
         We Got The Beat - The Go Go's
         I'll Leave It Up To You - Poco
         American Girl - Tom Petty
         Somebody's Baby - Jackson Browne
         Raised On The Radio - Rayuns
         Winter Wonderland - Darlene Love
         Kashmir - Led Zepplin
         Love Rules - Don Henley
         Fast Times At Ridgemont High - Sammy Hagar
         Fast Times (The Best Years Of Our Lives) - Billy Squier
         Never Surrender - Don Felder
         Moving In Stereo - The Cars
         The Look In Your Eyes - Gerard McMahon
         Waffle Stomp - Joe Walsh
         Sleeping Angel - Stevie Nicks
         Speeding - The Go-Go's
         I Don't Know (Spicoli's Theme) - Jimmy Buffett
         So Much In Love - Timothy B. Schmidt
         Goodbye, Goodbye - Oingo Boingo
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         English DTS
         Español 2.0
      Captioned For The Hearing Impaired
         English
      Subtitles
         Español
         Français
         Subtitles: None
      Feature Commentary with Director Amy Heckerling & Screenwriter Cameron Crowe
      www.universalstudios.com/home
      Classic Quotes
         "Learning About Cuba, Havin' Some Food"
         "Oh, Gnarly!"
         "Me and Mick Are Gonna Wing On Over to London and Jam with The Stones"
         "Hey Are You In My Class?" "I am Today"
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Totally Awesome!!!!

    A cool comedy with Sean Peen as Spiclo the stoner dude the good girl Stacy Linda played by Phobe Cates who has a fiance Doug Brad Stacy's older brother Mark Rat the sweet guy and Damone the guy who did it with Stacy the good girl Fast times at ridgemont high is a classic an 80's movie that is so very cool!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spicoli is my hero

    Dude ordered a pizza to his class!!! Penn just looks at the camera and I am rolling on the floor.. I am 31 and think the 80's was the last great decade...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best movie ever

    This is the best movie ever. I watch this movie all the time, and it never gets old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    highschool kicks ass!

    I thought the whole idea was pure geneous! It gives teens like me, excuses to screw up and have fun in highschool. A freashman, I have yet to know what it brings....in closing I would like to say that it makes me realize that teens have pretty much the same problems and we should deal with them together.

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