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Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- Sean Penn

Overview - Nascent filmmaker and then-Rolling Stone journalist Cameron Crowe went undercover in a southern California high school to document the hilarious hijinx of teens in the 1980s. Director Amy Heckerling turned his book into a classic teen comedy--equal parts sex, stoners, sensitivity, and satire.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Nascent filmmaker and then-Rolling Stone journalist Cameron Crowe went undercover in a southern California high school to document the hilarious hijinx of teens in the 1980s. Director Amy Heckerling turned his book into a classic teen comedy--equal parts sex, stoners, sensitivity, and satire. Many of the young cast--most notably, Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh--went on to Hollywood fame. A milestone in '80s teen flicks.

Cast List

John Loggia - Production Designer, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)
Eric Jenkins - Editor, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)
Robert Romanus - Actor/"Fast Times"
Pamela Springsteen
Amy Heckerling - American director, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
Brian Backer - American Actor
Jonathan Roberts - Screenwriter, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)
Joe Walsh - Guitarist/Musician
Cameron Crowe - Screenwriter, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)
Eric Stoltz - American actor, MASK, PULP FICTION
Jennifer Jason Leigh - American Actress, SINGLE WHITE FEMALE
Ray Walston - American Actor
Phoebe Cates - American Actress
Sean Penn - Actor, Director
Martin Brest - Director/Producer
Judge Reinhold - American Actor
Edward Ernest Reinhold Jr. - American Actor
Marilyn Vance - Costume Designer, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)
Marilyn Vance-Straker - Costume Designer, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)
Matthew F. Leonetti - Director of Photography, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)
Matthew Leonetti - Director of Photography, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 90
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192544521
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: November 2011

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Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
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Synopsis:
This highly appealing teen comedy created a host of new stars -- including Sean Penn -- and features a lively rock music soundtrack. The freewheeling story chronicles the sexual insecurities and adventures of a group of Southern California high school students. These shopping mall regulars experiment with drugs, surfing techniques and various fast-food secret sauce combinations. And in class (when they even go to class!) they wreak havoc -- especially when the pizza delivery arrives...

Notes:
Based on factual articles written by Cameron Crowe, who later turned the stories into a book and then screenplay. Crowe returned to high school as an adult masquerading as a student for a year. This story chronicles his time there. Film debuts for actors Eric Stoltz, Anthony Edwards, and Nicolas Cage (who was credited under his real name, Nicolas Coppola). Nicolas Cage is the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola. Color by Technicolor. The cable television version of the film featured additional footage of Sean Penn. Its soundtrack was also changed. This film inspired a TV series, "Fast Times," that was broadcast on the CBS network in 1986. The film's source writer and screenwriter, Cameron Crowe, was creative consultant for the series. Actors Ray Walston and Vincent Schiavelli recreated their roles from the film. Frank Zappa's daughter, Moon Unit Zappa, appeared in the series as Barbara De Vilbiss. The TV theme was written by Danny Elfman and performed by Oingo Boingo. Director Martin Brest plays a small part in the film. Additional cast: Scott Thomson and Pamela Springsteen. Additional credit: Rob Fahey (music, songs).

Reviews:
"...The really good part of FAST TIMES is Sean Penn as a spaced-out, irresponsible surfer....Penn is a joy to watch at work....Similarly, Judge Reinhold is terrific..." - 08/11/1982 Variety


"...All these young actors are relaxed, funny and natural. But the movie's real scene stealer is Sean Penn..." - 09/03/1982 New York Times, p.C6


"...More sophisticated than the average high-school romp. There's an inspired turn from Sean Penn..." - 06/01/2000 Sight and Sound, p.62


"...Lifted by Sean Penn's hugely charismatic, doped-up surfer dude..." - 08/01/2003 Total Film, p.129


"...It's often thought of as the quintessential 1980s teen flick....It portrayed real teens dealing with real issues..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.38


"[This] reality-inspired testament to the cliques, pitfalls, and accidental hilarity of being a teenager coined most of high-school-movie short-hand..." - 12/01/2003 Premiere, p.13


"With its surface zest complementing melancholy underpinnings, director Amy Heckerling's take on a smart Cameron Crowe script ambushed everyone who expected just another teen comedy." - 03/16/2004 USA Today, p.6D

 
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