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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
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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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22 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Adj rá kakaót!  »

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$11,541,758 (USA)
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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 »

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All the letter's Harry get's have zip codes that start with a 3. All zip codes in Arizona start with an 8. 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 Simya-ui FM (2010) See more »

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Get Together
Written by Chet Powers
Published by Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Great chemistry between Slater and Mathis
15 February 2001 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a good movie let down by uneven direction and 1-dimensional characters (besides the 2 leads). I would probably love this movie a lot, had I seen it when it came out in 1990. Now, the teenage angst (Slater's rants) thing is getting tiresome and whiny to me. Nevertheless, I want to point out how wonderful the scenes between Slater and Mathis are, in particular the scene where they kind of tangoed around each other and the scene where they had their first kiss. These scenes are full of playfulness, seduction, anticipation and uneasy charms. I hope there are more good movie roles to come for both of them.

Lastly, I think the DVD release could really use some special features, like audio commentary by the director, Slater and Mathis. Since this is Slater's personal favorite, it'd be great to hear his perspective.


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