One of the most iconic high school films of all time, 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, celebrates its 36th birthday. All these years later, it’s still a lot of fun to watch the movie, especially since you’re seeing performances by young versions of future Academy Award winners like Nicolas CageSean Penn, and Forest Whitaker. The film was the first written by Cameron Crowe, who won an Oscar himself for writing Almost FamousSean Penn’s character, lovable stoner Jeff Spicoli, was one of the film’s standout roles, and Penn told us he has nothing but great memories about making the film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sean Penn)

Nicholas Cage, however, had a different experience — especially since he wasn’t playing the role he’d really hoped to get. (Click on the media bar to hear Nicolas Cage)

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Posted by Susan Brown