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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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Malcolm Kaiser
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Keith Stuart Thayer ...
Luis Chavez
Cheryl Pollak ...
Paige
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Mr. Woodward
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Janie
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Cheryl Biggs
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Annie Rusoff ...
Annie
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Jonathan
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Jamie
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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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Comedy | Drama | Music

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22 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Adj rá kakaót!  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,601,489, 26 August 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,541,758
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Trivia

The address of the "Postal Center USA" is 27600 Haskell Cyn Rd, Santa Clarita, California. The chiropractor business next to it is still in business to this day. See more »

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In the exterior shot of Mark walking up to the business where Harry's PO box is, there is a Mitsubishi Starion to the left of the door, an empty parking space where Mark walks, and a BMW 320i to the right of the door. When the camera switches to an inside shot looking out, the BMW is now directly in front of the door. 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 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Prom (1999) See more »

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I've Got a Secret Miniature Camera
Written by Peter Murphy and Eddy Branch
Performed by Peter Murphy
Published by Momentum Music Ltd./Beggars Banquet Music Ltd. (BMI)
Courtesy of Beggars Banquet/BMG Music
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Slaters teen master class . . .
7 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

I loved this film

When I was 17 I first saw the second half of this movie on TV, the next day I scoured my local video shops to buy the film so that I could watch the first half.

I know that sounds a little sad but I really felt that at the time this film was spot on. Parents do seem to hate you, it is incredibly hard to talk to a girl that you want to ask out and school is the last place you ever want to be. This film had the emotions just about right.

I now see its faults but I still feel that it is an excellent movie to its targeted age group, everyone who ever wanted to "rise up in the cafeteria and stab them (teachers) with your plastic fork".

I could fill this review with quotes, the speech on why teen suicide is a bad idea is up there with the "Am I funny?" scene in goodfella's.

Christian Slater is excellent, apparently it's his favourite movie and you can see that he enjoyed making it. He does dark-teen like no one else, this is Nicholson at 16! In my humble opinion this film is at the top of the teen-flick chart alongside Heathers.

Samantha Mathis makes an intriguing leading lady, she really gets her character spot on. Miss Mathis also provides one of the best sexual tension scenes ever in this genre. (it's all in the music)

A young Seth Green also makes an appearance that I am sure he would rather forget, his acting is fine it's how he looks thats the problem !!

This film is dark, funny and brutaly honest. If you are under 20 and still hate the world this will kill a couple of those boring 'too old to play to young to drink' hours.

Highly recommended.


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