Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Factual error: If we are to assume the film is in chronological order over the course of a single school year, then why does the football scene come after Christmas has occurred? High school football season ends well before the holiday season. (00:47:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Mr. Hand shows up at Jeff's house to study history, the bong in Jeff's bedroom alternates between full of smoke and empty. (01:15:15)

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Other mistake: When Spicoli supposedly takes a bong hit, you can see that he only inhales the air from the chamber - he takes his mouth away before the smoke gets to the top of the bong. (01:14:30)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Brad and Stacey pull up in front of the bowling alley and Stacy opens her car door, several crew members can be seen reflected in her car door's window. (01:05:50)

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Character mistake: In history class, Mr. Hand tells the students that the Platt Amendment was an amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed in 1906. In fact, it was a rider attached to the Army Appropriations Act of 1901. (00:23:05)

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Continuity mistake: When Mr. Hand writes his name on the board to introduce himself to the class, he underlines it. The underline changes a few shots later, and then the lines revert back to the way they were originally. (00:09:30)

Continuity mistake: During the pool scene, just before the two guys come over, the color of the bra on the girl who is lying on her back changes from darker red to almost orange during different angles. (00:48:55)

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Continuity mistake: When Brad admits to his boss he threatened his customer, Brad is shown and there's nothing out the window behind him. Brad is told he's fired (instantly) and then Brad's shown again (only one second later from same exact position) with a potato chip truck sitting still out the same window. There's no way a truck could just appear out of nowhere in only one second-slowing down to a stop maybe, but not sitting still that quickly.

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Continuity mistake: When Brad Hamilton is pouring the coffee in the machine at the Mi-T-Mart, there is a clock on the wall next to the battery display, but when the guy comes in to rob the place, the clock is gone and there is a Hostess Fruit Pie poster there now. (01:23:00)

benmar4611
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Continuity mistake: When the two kids are making out on the bed, right before the girl gets up, there is no phone at the top of the screen. But right after she says that she has to call home, she walks right over and uses one where nothing was.

Movieman123

Continuity mistake: When the word prick is painted on the gremlin door, the top of the k is painted on the door handle. When the car pulls into the parking lot at school with the cardboard covering up the writing, there is no paint on the door handle.

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Continuity mistake: You see the same shots of Sean Penn driving Forest Whitaker's car on the sidewalk and weaving between the same two cars over and over before he wrecks it. (00:44:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Mike is trying to get Mark to ask Stacey out, there is a shot of her behind the counter and Stacey's hair is pulled back on the sides in french braids with ribbons on the ends. Then when Mark approaches Stacey, her hair is pulled back in a clip. The first shot of Stacey with the braid, is actually cut from a scene later in the film, when Mark and Stacey talk at the counter. (00:27:35 - 00:28:20)

Other mistake: Rattner and DiMone are game planning about Rattner's date with Stacy (Leigh). DiMone tells Rattner that all he needs to do to score with Stacy is play songs from side 1 of "Led Zeppelin IV" (Zoso). You then hear the song "Kashmere", which is on the album "Physical Graffiti".

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Suggested correction: Damone (not DiMone), told Rat that when they were making out to put on side 1 of Led Zeppelin IV. The fact that Rat is playing Kashmir from Physical Graffiti is just to show that Rat was unclear about Damone's instructions.

Not sure if Rat is unclear about Damone's instructions... he said he had 4 steps to making sure that getting a date with Stacy and keeping her around, and if all else fails, to play side one of LZ-IV... seems that Rat would (should) have asked if he was unclear then at that point considering Rat had a crush on her throughout the movie. I think that it's more of a musical inside joke if anyone was/is familiar with the Zep catalog realizing two things - one, the first four steps of Damone's plan didn't work being that his character was pretty shady and fake (off camera...because you don't see Rat implementing any of them) and two, that "he can't even get the music correct" due to his nervousness.

ckbyers

Continuity mistake: After the Last Dance scene, they show a night shot again like in the very beginning of the movie of people coming and going at the mall. If you look closely, you can tell this was shot the same night the beginning scene was filmed. For instance, the guy in the grey blazer and black pants is there again, but what gives it away most is the woman on the far left in the red and white Hawaiian dress, she even is in her same spot as the scene at the start. (01:21:00)

benmar4611
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Character mistake: Damone claims he made a $16 profit by selling the two scalped Van Halen tickets; since he sold the tickets at $20 each when they originally cost $12.50, he actually made a $15 profit.

zendaddy621

Continuity mistake: When the Santa sits down in the Pizza place after getting urinated on, when his food is brought over his fake mustache is covering his mouth because it's so big, then a second later when he is shown again, the mustache is suddenly smaller and you can see his mouth.

benmar4611

Continuity mistake: When Jeff Spicoli says, "People on ludes should not drive", you can see a Honda/Kawasaki dealership through his driver's side window. Six seconds later the car is shown from the outside and he passes by the same dealership again. (00:44:00)

Other mistake: Football game ends 42-0, but it's only in the 2nd quarter according to the scoreboard.

ChuckMound

Continuity mistake: When Rat approaches Stacy at the check-out to ask for her phone number, the characters in the background keep changing. Sometimes you see Damone standing there; other times there are different people.

Mike Damone: I can see it all now, this is gonna be just like last summer. You fell in love with that girl at the Fotomat, you bought forty dollars worth of fuckin' film, and you never even talked to her. You don't even own a camera.

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Trivia: This is Nicolas Cage's first film, you can see him at the beginning talking to Judge Reinhold just before somebody throws something at him. He is also at the restaurant looking up from behind the grill, when the customer is yelling at Brad.

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Question: When the movie first came out, there was a whole different song playing near the end when Mark and Stacy see each other in the mall. In more recent years, "So In Love" is the song playing whenever this scene is shown. Why did the music change over the years? (I believe the song is different now in the swimming pool scene when Mike and Mark go into the pool from what I remember too). Anyone agree with this or have an explanation?

Answer: From what I can gather, "So Much in Love" by Timothy B. Schmit was in the original release of the film, but due to licensing rights issues, home video and cable TV versions of the film replaced this and two or three other tracks. For the 1999 DVD release, the rights seem to have been renewed and the soundtrack matches the original theatrical release.

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