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Fast Times at Ridgemont High Movie

Movie Review for Fast Times at Ridgemont High


The 80's movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High is the story of a group of 80's high school students growing up in southern California. Based on real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe.

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Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates) and Mike Damone. Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) is a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the teacher Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), who is convinced that everyone is on dope.


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 .... Dennis Taylor
Blair Tefkin .... Pat Bernardo (as Blair Ashleigh)


There are solo songs in the Fast Times soundtrack by four different members of the band The Eagles.

When Damone tells Rat to put on side 1 of Led Zeppelin IV on his date with Stacy, the song Kashmir plays in the next scene, which is actually from the Zeppelin album Physical Graffiti.

Despite Universal Studios thinking that Fast Times At Ridgemont High would have no interest outside of Southern California, the movie wound up earning over $27 million in its original theatrical run, on a budget of $4.5 million.

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The Movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High was released to theatres on 08/13/1982 by Universal, and grossed $27,092,880 at the box office in the US on a budget of $4,500,000.

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