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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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22 August 1990 (USA)  »

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$11,541,758 (USA)
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Published by Mijac Music, Administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Koosh Vinyl
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one of the best teen movies of the 90's!
16 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

pump up the volume is one of the best teen movies of the 90's! it's smart,and very thought-provoking. this is the second most thought-provoking teen movie of all time. second only to the breakfast club. pump up the volume is in the top 3 of the best teen movies of the 90's! it's also very entertaining,and sometimes funny. but a lot of the movie is serious. slater has never been better.

it's a very good movie. i give pump up the volume ***1/2

out of ****


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