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Pump Up the Volume (1990)

R  |   |  Comedy, 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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Christian Slater became physically ill several times during filming due to all the cigarette smoking he had to do. See more »

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When Mark is driving around in the jeep, his lips don't match what he's saying. See more »

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Mark: Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely fucked up?
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Kick Out The Jams
Written by Rob Tyner, Fred 'Sonic' Smith, Wayne Kambes, Dennis Tomich and Michael Davis
Performed by Bad Brains with Henry Rollins
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Produced by Ron Saint Germain
Bad Brains courtesy of Caroline Records, Inc.
Henry Rollins Courtesy of 2-13-61
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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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