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Fast Times at Ridgemont High [DVD] [Special Edition; Widescreen]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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).
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 25445

  • Credits
    Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Edward Ernest Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston, Eric Stoltz, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Pamela Springsteen, Martin Brest
  • Critic 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..."
    Variety

    "...All these young actors are relaxed, funny and natural. But the movie's real scene stealer is Sean Penn..."
    New York Times

    "...More sophisticated than the average high-school romp. There's an inspired turn from Sean Penn..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Lifted by Sean Penn's hugely charismatic, doped-up surfer dude..."
    Total Film

    "...It's often thought of as the quintessential 1980s teen flick....It portrayed real teens dealing with real issues..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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

    "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."
    USA Today

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