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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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3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Loretta Creswood
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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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Jan Emerson
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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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Comedy | Drama | Music

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R | See all certifications »

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22 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adj rá kakaót!  »

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$11,541,758 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

[ONLY VISIBLE IN FULL SCREEN VERSION] There is one shot of the exterior of Hubert Humphrey Highwhere you can clearly see what the name "Saugus" painted on the building. It is the library of the real school, Saugus High School, in Santa Clarita, CA. 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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Connections

Referenced in Veronica Mars: Ahoy Mateys (2005) See more »

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If It Be Your Will
Written by Leonard Cohen
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Published by Stranger Music (BMI)
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
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What a teen flick should be.
6 October 2004 | by (Warrington, England) – See all my reviews

I'm 28 now, but this film is still very important to me. PUTV is the best teen drama out there (though there aren't many to compete with it), it really grasps how so alone some teenagers can feel and how rejectedby the system they so often are. The film has dated some what, but if there ever was an early warning sign of the problems that face American schools today (columbine esque) this is it. You can only push teenagers so far before they lose the plot, end up killing themselves or other people, PUTV is about those feelings. Slater is the bomb in this film, he is truly awesome and Mathis plays a great sidekick. The fact she shows a bit of flesh makes the movie highly genuine, yes girls do get naked with boys whilst at high school. PUTV does now suffer with its meaning to the modern era, but modern kids still do get dejected and rejected and this film is a great message in saying.... You Are Not Alone! 10/10 Then.... 8/10 Now.


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