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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
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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David Deaver
Cheryl Pollak ...
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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Adj rá kakaót!  »

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$11,541,758 (USA)
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The radio call-names of Mark Hunter (Christian Slater) were "Hard Harry" and "Happy Harry Hardon". See more »

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Hard Harry uses a voice disguiser, but in the recordings of his show, his voice is unmasked. 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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Freedom of Speech
Written by James Brown, Cold 187um, Laylaw
Performed by Above The Law
Published by Crid Music, Inc., administered by Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI)/
Dallarz II Sense Muzick (BMI)/Ruthless Attack Muzick (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Ruthless/CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
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Every teenager should see this film
29 August 2003 | by (Greenville, NY) – See all my reviews

What a film!!, this is a film that very accurately represents how it feels to be unpopular, or the new kid in high school. Slater gained much respect from me for his terrific performance is Hard Harry, a new kid at a school where the staff don't seem to care about the students, Harry runs a pirate radio station as an anonymous student at the high school, and shares his feelings about the school, he gains a large following of students who feel the same way he does, but then trouble starts. This is a truly great film, with great performances, this is probably the "Rebel Without A Cause", for our generation. ***1/2 out of ****.


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