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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
Andy Romano ...
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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Mr. Woodward
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Janie
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Cheryl Biggs
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Storyline

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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The Voice of a Generation. See more »

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22 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Adj rá kakaót!  »

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$11,541,758 (USA)
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Samantha Mathis dyed her blonde hair black for her Nora Diniro character in this movie. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Hard Harry plays Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows" from a record with a Motown label, but all of Cohen's studio albums to date have been released by Columbia. Also, though he is shown playing the first track on the record, "Everybody Knows" is actually the third track on the album 'I'm Your Man' on which the song originally appears. 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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Christian Slater/Bonnie Raitt (1991) See more »

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Get Together
Written by Chet Powers
Published by Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
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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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