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AND DONE The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days ( DAY 80) (#1):
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The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 62):

19. “Fast Time at Ridemont High” (1982)


Movie Summary:

A story of a group of California teenagers who enjoy malls, sex and rock n' roll.


From: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083929/



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



Tom Nolan


Dennis Taylor

Forest Whitaker


Charles Jefferson

Amanda Wyss



Kelli Maroney






Amy Heckerling


Facts about the this movie:

*Budget:$4,500,000 (estimated)


*Opening Weekend:$2,545,674 (USA) (15 August 1982) (498 Screens)


*Gross:$27,092,880 (USA) (17 October 1982)


*Nicolas Cage was originally considered for the role of Brad Hamilton, but after his audition the studio thought his performance was too dark and the role went, instead, to Judge Reinhold. Additionally, Cage was 17 at the time and could not work as many hours as actors over 18.


*Alternate, sanitized takes of several scenes were filmed for use on broadcast television.


*Nicolas Cage appears under the name Nicolas Coppola for the first and only time.


*When Stacy and Ron Johnson end up going to "the point", the words "The Cinch" are spray-painted on the wall. The group that plays the last dance of the year is called Reeves Nevo and The Cinch.


*The role of Mr. Hand was originally offered to Fred Gwynne who turned it down due to his objections over the tone of the sexual content in the film.


*Andy Rathbone was the student that Cameron Crowe based Mark "Rat" Ratner on. He became famous in his own right for writing many of the "for Dummies" help books series


*Cameron Crowe wrote the screenplay based on his book. Cameron Crowe attended University of San Diego High School, he posed as a student at Clairemont High School. The principal then was not thrilled with the idea, but when he asked Crowe about musicians that he had met, he mentioned Kris Kristofferson. The principal was a big fan of Kristofferson and agreed to let Crowe on campus.


*David Lynch was originally offered the chance to direct before Amy Heckerling was chosen. He turned it down saying it was a funny script, but not really his thing.


*Sean Penn was asked to read for the part of Brad Hamilton as well as that of Jeff Spicoli.


*During shooting of the film, Sean Penn got so into character that he only answered as Spicoli. In fact, the door on his dressing room was labeled "Spicoli" instead of "Sean Penn".


*Sean Penn extinguished a cigarette in the palm of his hand in order to better understand his character Jeff Spicoli.


*Universal didn't think the film would become a hit. In fact, the studio had thought about not releasing it on the East Coast so that the film would die quickly at the box office.


*For his masturbation scene, Judge Reinhold brought a large dildo to work with, unbeknown to the rest of the cast. Phoebe Cates look of horror and disgust is very real.


*Sean Penn asked out Pamela Springsteen, who played Dina, on the set of the movie; she accepted.


Nicolas Cage lied about his age so that he could get a bigger part, but the producers found out that he was only 17.


*Nicolas Cage lied about his age so that he could get a bigger part, but the producers found out that he was only 17.


*Sean Penn improvised during his takes and tried to find ways to aggravate actor Ray Walston, who played Mr. Hand, even off camera. He also did things to get genuinely startled reactions from the extras who played his classmates through unexpected improvisations.


*Near the beginning of the movie, right after Mr. Hand sends Spicoli to the front office for being late to class, Mr. Hand passes out the class schedule of quizzes. After the paper is passed out, the students put the page up to their noses and deeply inhale. This was a popular school ritual of the '60s, '70s and early '80s as photocopying machines were very expensive, so spirit duplicators were used. The spirit duplicators used a colored wax as the "ink" and a noxious solvent as a transfer agent to impress the ink on the paper. These solvents sometimes took a long time to dry, hence the students' use of these solvents as a short-term "high".


*Filming lasted five weeks.


*In the scene where Brad is washing the Cruising Vessel, you can see he has a Springsteen (for Bruce Springsteen) bumper sticker. Pamela Springsteen, Bruce's sister, is also in the movie.


*Some of the actors who had auditioned for roles were Ralph Macchio, Matthew Broderick, Meg Tilly, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lori Loughlin, Elisabeth Shue, Kelly Preston, Rosanna Arquette, Carrie Fisher and Ally Sheedy.


*The script caused a controversy because some actual first names of Clairemont High School students were used in Cameron Crowe's script.


*Jennifer Jason Leigh's real life father (Vic Morrow) died in a helicopter accident on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie about three weeks before the US release of Fast Times.


*Jennifer Jason Leigh's real life father (Vic Morrow) died in a helicopter accident on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie about three weeks before the US release of Fast Times.


*This film has three actors who later won Oscars for Best Actor: Sean Penn (Spicoli), Forest Whitaker (Charles Jefferson), and Nicolas Cage (Brad's Bud).


*Lana Clarkson's film debut.


*Jodie Foster was considered to play Stacy, but was not interested in the role due to her commitment at Yale.


*Both Brooke Shields and Ellen Barkin reportedly turned down an offer to play Stacy.


*Diane Lane auditioned for the role of Stacy.


*Melanie Griffith and Tatum O'Neal were considered for the role of Linda.


*Justine Bateman was offered the role of Linda but declined. Instead, she preferred to star in a TV pilot for the TV series Family Ties which ran for 7 years.


*Tom Hanks was considered for the role of Brad.


*Nicolas Cage's film debut.


*Ralph Macchio was asked for a role, but he demanded a salary the director couldn't afford.


*Eric Stoltz auditioned for the role of Jeff.


*First-time director Amy Heckerling said she was seeking to make a comedy that was less structured than conventional ones, and more like American Graffiti so that "if you woke up and found yourself living in the movie, you'd be happy. I wanted that kind of feel."


*There are numerous references to rock bands throughout the film (shirts worn by characters, posters on walls, Damone is a ticket scalper, etc.) This is because Cameron Crowe was a writer for Rolling Stone magazine, and that job is how he first came to fame.


*In the scene where Brad is driving in his pirate costume, the girl in the convertible who laughs at him is Nancy Wilson, guitar player for the band Heart and the then girlfriend, later wife, of 'Cameron Crowe'.


*Vincent Schiavelli's character, biology teacher Mr. Vargas was based on Clairemont High School biology teacher George L. Jones. Jones kept many animals in class (rattlesnakes, entire beehives, bats) and would regularly take students on strange field trips such as visiting the San Diego sewage treatment plant or to watch surgery on pigs at the University of Calif. San Diego. Jones taught at Clairemont from 1962 to the 1982.



From: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083929/trivia



Why I Picked this movie #19:

1. The most Iconic movie of the 1980’s.


2. Real life in high school in the 1980’s.


3. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.


4. It still holds up. Something just never change from high school


5. Has the most memorable scenes in film history for teen boy of the 1980’s and beyond.


6. Phoebe Cates “FAT CAN’S”


7. Awesome adaption from a book.


8. Funny has hell.


9. Two words: Phoebe Cates


10. Sean Penn does a comedy and does it totally awesome.


11. Good drama.


12. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.


13. Awesome casting.


14. Awesome chemistry with the cast.


15. A great start for a lot of up and comers


16. Cameron Crowe wrote it.


17. One of the best soundtracks ever put together for a movie.


18. A snap shot of 1980’s.


19. One of the best 80 movies made in 1980’s


20. Awesome Script.


21. Great real life drama.


22. One of the most edgy movies from the 1980’s.


First time seeing it:

On cable.


Movie trailer:


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