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Pump Up the Volume (1990)

Mark runs a pirate radio station and causes an uproar when he speaks his mind and enthralls fellow teens.

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Loretta Creswood
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Murdock
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Brian Hunter
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Marla Hunter
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Malcolm Kaiser
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Mazz Mazzilli
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David Deaver
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Paige Woodward
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Luis Chavez
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Cheryl Biggs
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Mark is an intelligent but shy teenager who has just moved to Arizona from the East Coast. His parents give him a short-wave radio so he can talk to his pals, but instead he sets up shop as pirate deejay Hard Harry, who becomes a hero to his peers while inspiring the wrath of the local high school principal. When one of Harry's listeners commits suicide and Harry- inspired chaos breaks out at the school, the authorities are called in to put a stop to Harry's broadcasts. Written by Denise P. Meyer <dpm1@cornell.edu>

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22 August 1990 (USA)  »

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$11,541,758 (USA)
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During production Christian Slater had his driver's license suspended for the second time in two years over DUIs, and writer-director Allan Moyle had to retool the script accordingly. Lead character Mark Hunter doesn't drive, tells his listeners he has "no car, no license", and goes everywhere on foot. In the climactic scene his girlfriend Nora (Samantha Mathis) drives the Jeep while Mark does his last "Hard Harry" broadcast from the passenger seat. See more »

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All the letter's Harry get's have zip codes that start with a 3. All zip codes in Arizona start with an 8. See more »

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[first lines]
Mark: Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely fucked up?
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Tale O' The Twister
Written by L. Nichols, D. Perkins and Steve Taylor (as S. Taylor)
Performed by Chagall Guevara
Published by Sado Shrimp (ASCAP)
Produced by Dennis Herring
Courtesy of MCA Records
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30 November 2002 | by (Kimberling City, MO.) – See all my reviews

When "Pump Up The Volume" came out in 1990, I wanted to BE Christian Slater. Now that it's already been twelve years since it was released, I still can't believe how well it's held up. Aside from a couple of things that make it dated (I'm referring mainly to the opening credit sequence and the way some of the characters dress...mulletts WERE acceptable back then), the message remains the same and I think that's what has made this movie stand the test of time. Along with "Heathers", this is some of Christian Slater's best work ever. His performance alone is enough to reccommend this one, but that combined with the message, make it a cult classic. They don't make movies like this anymore.


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