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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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Malcolm Kaiser
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Keith Stuart Thayer ...
Luis Chavez
Cheryl Pollak ...
Paige
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Mr. Woodward
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Mazz Mazzilli
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Loretta Creswood
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Jonathan
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Jamie
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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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Steal the Air. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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22 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adj rá kakaót!  »

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$1,601,489 (USA) (26 August 1990)

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$11,541,758 (USA)
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Trivia

The name of the book which was borrowed from the library by Mark Hunter (Christian Slater) was "How to talk dirty and influence people" by Lenny Bruce. See more »

Goofs

When a tape of one of Harry's radio shows is played later at school, it sounds different than the original recording. 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

Referenced in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Turn Up the Volume (1999) See more »

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Get Together
Written by Chet Powers
Published by Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
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30 November 2002 | by (Kimberling City, MO.) – See all my reviews

When "Pump Up The Volume" came out in 1990, I wanted to BE Christian Slater. Now that it's already been twelve years since it was released, I still can't believe how well it's held up. Aside from a couple of things that make it dated (I'm referring mainly to the opening credit sequence and the way some of the characters dress...mulletts WERE acceptable back then), the message remains the same and I think that's what has made this movie stand the test of time. Along with "Heathers", this is some of Christian Slater's best work ever. His performance alone is enough to reccommend this one, but that combined with the message, make it a cult classic. They don't make movies like this anymore.


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