-1982 American teen comedy written by Cameron Crowe
-Tells the story of the lives of teenagers Stacy Hamilton(Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Mark Ratner(Brian Backer), their older friends Linda Barrett(Phoebe Cates), Mike Damone(Robert Romanus).
-Stars Sean Penn as Jef Spicoli, a stoned surfer dude who faces off against his history teacher Mr. Hand(Ray Walston), Judge Reinhold as Brad Hamilton, a senior who works a variety of jobs to pay for his car
Did You Know?
-For the movie, Nicholas Cage appears under the name Nicholas Coppola, his uncle's name
-Cameron Crowe based Mark "Rat" Ratner on a student he knew named Andy Rathbone, who is famous for writing the "For Dummies" series of books
-Filmed at Van Nuys High School in Van Nuys, California
-Stacy works at a place called Perry's Pizza. The actress actually worked at a Perry's Pizza location a month after she was chosen to play Stacy
-Nicholas Cage lied about his age to get a bigger part. Soon producers found out he was only 17
-There are numerous references to rock bands throughout the film. Including shirts worn by characters, posters on walls, Damone being a ticket scalper). This was because Cameron Crowe was a writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. And a poster depicting the Tattoo You album by the Rolling Stones appears. It's on the wall in Damone's room.
-In the scene where the woman in the convertible is laughing at Brad's pirate costume is Nancy Wilson from the band Heart
-Brad Hamilton(Judge Reinhold) is a senior looking forward to his last year of schol and almost ahs his car paid off. He is a popular kid, in large because of his part time job at a local burger joint where his girlfriend Lisa (Amanda Wyss) also works. Brad is wondering how to end his relationship with her so he can play the field during his senior year. Brad is fired though, for using profanity to a customer. Brad quits his next job because of having to wear a pirate costume. Later on, he gets a job at the Mi-T Mart, where he stops an attempted armed robbery by throwing hot coffee in the face of the robber.