R | | Comedy, Drama
A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.
The mall scenes were filmed at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. It was damaged by earthquake in 1994, but still stood until 1998, when it was renovated and extensively re-designed by the architectural firm of Gensler for developer Douglas Emmett. Other than the parking structure, nothing recognizable from the 1980s era mall remains, the building having been converted from an enclosed, multi-story space to an open, mostly single-story mall.
Perry's Pizza Waitress:
Linda, Linda, there he is. There's that guy from the stereo store. Don't you think he looks like Richard Gere?
Linda Barrett: Did you see his cute little butt?
When Spicoli jumps on stage to sing with the band at the dance you can see a camera and cameraman in the lower left part of the picture.
Brad's Bud (played by Nicolas Cage) has a much larger role in the TV network version whereas in the theatrical version he has virtually no dialogue. His first (and best) line in the TV version is: "Brad, your sister's turning into a fox!" said after Stacy and Brad's conversation about Mr. Hand, plus more dialogue between Brad and Brad's Bud during the cafeteria scene with Brad discussing their plans for the weekend.
$2,545,674 (USA) (15 August 1982)