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Fast Times at Ridgemont High Details


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. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:August 13, 1982


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


Amy Heckerling
Art Linson
Irving Azoff
Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe
Screen Story
Cameron Crowe
Book Author
Matthew Leonetti
John Loggia
Production Designer
Daniel Lomino
Art Director
C.O. Erickson
Executive Producer
Marilyn Vance
Costume Designer
Albert M. Shapiro
First Assistant Director
Don Phillips