Daily Dialogue — November 16, 2012

November 16th, 2012 by

MR. HAND:Now in 1898, Spain owned Cuba outright. Think about it. Cuba owned by a disorganized parliament over four thousand miles away. Cubans were in a constant – Cubans were in a constant state of revolt. In nineteen hundred and four, the United States decided to throw a little weight around and uh… who is it?
PIZZA GUY: It’s the pizza guy.
MR. HAND: Again?
PIZZA GUY: It’s the pizza guy, sir. Who ordered the double cheese and sausage?
SPICOLI: Over here, dude. Here you go, dude.
MR. HAND: Am I hallucinating here? Just what in the hell do you think you’re doing?
SPICOLI: Learnin’ about Cuba. Having some food.
MR. HAND: Mr. Spicoli, you’re on dangerous ground here. You’re causing a dangerous disturbance on MY time.
MR. HAND: I’ve been thinking about this, Mr. Hand. If I’M here and YOU’RE here, doesn’t that make it OUR time? Certainly there’s nothing wrong with a little feast on our time.
MR. HAND: You’re absolutely right, Mr. Spicoli. It IS our time. Yours, mine, and everyone else’s in this room. But it is my class. Hamilton, Brant, Cornfeld, up front. Mr. Spicoli has been kind enough to bring us a snack. Be my guest. Help yourselves. Get a good one.

— Spicoli (Sean Penn), Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), Pizza Guy (Taylor Negron), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), screenplay by Cameron Crowe, based on his book

This week’s Daily Dialogue theme is Teacher-Student, suggested by Teddy Pasternak. Today’s suggestion by JasperLamarCrab.

Trivia: Cameron Crowe wrote the screenplay based on his book. Cameron Crowe attended University of San Diego High School, he posed as a student at Clairemont High School. The principal then was not thrilled with the idea, but when he asked Crowe about musicians that he had met, he mentioned Kris Kristofferson. The principal was a big fan of Kristofferson and agreed to let Crowe on campus.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary from Jasper: “The character work in this movie is so good and nuanced that we can see every character’s point of view, and we enjoy Mr. Hand turning the tables on Spicoli just as much as we get a kick out of Spicoli’s rebellious gesture. A lesser film would probably have had Mr. Hand sputtering and storming out of the classroom.

Or maybe it’s just that I’m closer to Mr. Hand’s age now, as opposed to when the film opened and I was slightly younger than Spicoli.”

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