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Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story

The book Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story was made into the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

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Book details for Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story

Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story was written by Cameron Crowe. The book was published in 1981 by Simon & Schuster. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

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Movie details for Fast Times at Ridgemont High

The movie was released in 1982 and directed by Amy Heckerling. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston, Scott Thomson, Vincent Schiavelli, Amanda Wyss, D.W. Brown, Forest Whitaker, Kelli Maroney, Tom Nolan, Blair Tefkin, Eric Stoltz, Stanley Davis Jr., James Russo, James Bolt (II) and Nicolas Cage.

 

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Before he became an overrated filmmaker, Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) was a reporter for Rolling Stone who was so youthful looking that he could go undercover for a year at a California high school and write a book about it. He wrote the script for this ... Read More
Before he became an overrated filmmaker, Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) was a reporter for Rolling Stone who was so youthful looking that he could go undercover for a year at a California high school and write a book about it. He wrote the script for this film, based on that book, and it launched the careers of several young actors, including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, and, above all, Sean Penn. The story line is episodic, dealing with the lives of iconic teen types: one of the school's cool kids, a nerd, a teen queen, and, most enjoyably, the class stoner (Penn), who finds himself at odds with a strict history teacher (a wonderfully spiky Ray Walston). This is not a great movie but very entertaining and, for a certain age group, a seminal movie experience. --Marshall Fine