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Pump Up the Volume (1990)

 -  Drama | Music  -  22 August 1990 (USA)
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Mark runs a pirate radio station and causes an uproar when he speaks his mind and enthralls fellow teens.

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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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$11,541,758 (USA)
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Lala Sloatman (Janie) and Ahmet Zappa (Jamie) are real life cousins, but played girlfriend/boyfriend in the movie. See more »

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When Paige interrupts the public meeting, she walks in with severely blackened eyes and bloody cuts on her face. She speaks to the teachers and parents, then runs out. She yells at the news reporter standing outside seconds later and her eyes are no longer black and her cuts are gone. 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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Wave of Mutilation (U.K. Surf)
Written by Frank Black
Performed by Pixies (as The Pixies)
Published by Rice & Beans Music (BMI)
Courtesy of 4AD/Elektra Entertainment by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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great portrayal of postmodern angst & media issues
13 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie really captured not only the disillusionment and pain of adolescence but also the general malaise of our postmodern society. Also brought out the tension between media "for the people" and free speech vs. media polluting the people and issues of censorship. While the film clearly made the latter out to be the "bad guy," a mature person might look beyond the pointed message and see the important issues on both sides --> Does media come from culture and speak truth, having the responsibility to honestly represent "reality," or does media influence culture and thus should it responsibly rise above mediocrity, challenging people to something higher in life? Tough issues in media studies. How to bring the two concerns together is the challenge, in a completely corporate-driven media culture that really stands for neither.

ummmm.... Christian Slater was also great in the lead performance.


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