Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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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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.

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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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Damone: Can you honestly tell me you forgot? Forgot the magnetism of Robin Zander, or the charisma of Rick Nielsen?

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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: Why did Mr. Hand rip up Spicoli's card and then send him to the front office? Aside from being late, he didn't really do anything that could be considered "out of line."

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Answer: As a teacher myself, you learn to be able to recognize "problem" students fairly quickly (those that are going to be disruptive, late, etc on a regular basis). Mr. Hand is simply overly strict in regards to Spicoli unexcused tardy and seems not to allow students into class late, thus earning the student an absent. Mr. Hand does say he "will make you" attend his class. In addition, Spicoli was high and, in Mr. Hand's mind, disrespectful (Spicoli said "hey I know that kid" while they were talking) so Mr. Hand showed Spicoli disrespect in return as a way to teach him a lesson.

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