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Pump Up the Volume (1990)

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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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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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Luis Chavez
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Mr. Woodward
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Cheryl Biggs
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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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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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$11,541,758 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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First of three collaborations of actress Samantha Mathis and actor Christian Slater. The pair later went to to star in two other film projects together, they being Broken Arrow (1996) and FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992). See more »

Goofs

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 Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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Love Comes in Spurts
Written by Richard Hell
Performed by Richard Hell
Published by Automatic Music, Quick Mix Music, Doraflo Music Co., Inc., administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of Sire Records/Instant Records by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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I don't hate the world anymore, but I still love this film...
17 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film around 1996, when I was 13 and just going into that 'I hate the world and everything about it' phase that most teenagers go through. I fell in love with it there and then and over the years I've owned 5 separate copies.

Not just because of the unbelievably brilliant soundtrack, not just because of the real and relate-able characters, not just because of the engaging and original plot, but because I still feel now, what I first felt when I saw the film. Sometimes everyone feels that they're alone and it takes another voice, one coming from a someone you might not even ever have met reminding you that everyone feels that crushing loneliness and only you can change that.

Even now that I'm nearing my mid-twenties and every time I watch this film I want to 'Rise up in the cafeteria' and 'stab my teachers with a plastic fork.' Being a teenager sucks, its probably the most free time of your life, but everything from parents, to homework, to hormones prevents most from truly enjoying the experience.

I want every teenager to watch this film, I want every person who looks back on their teen years with regret to watch this film, I want every person who's forgotten what its like to be a teenager to watch this film. I think there's room in just about everyone's heart for it.


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