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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
Robert Schenkkan ...
David Deaver
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Paige Woodward
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Adj rá kakaót!  »

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$11,541,758 (USA)
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Trivia

The theme song of Mark Hunter (Christian Slater)'s pirate radio station was "Everybody Knows" (1988) by 'Leonard Cohen'. See more »

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In the first few minutes of the movie the two punks in the pontiac on parked on the football field and then are parked by a big pipe line. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mark: Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely fucked up?
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Connections

References Wired to Kill (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Wave of Mutilation (U.K. Surf)
Written by Frank Black
Performed by Pixies (as The Pixies)
Published by Rice & Beans Music (BMI)
Courtesy of 4AD/Elektra Entertainment 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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