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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Creswood
Andy Romano ...
Brian Hunter
Marla Hunter
Malcolm Kaiser
Mazz Mazzilli
David Deaver
Cheryl Pollak ...
Paige Woodward
Jan Emerson
Keith Stuart Thayer ...
Luis Chavez
Mr. Woodward
Cheryl Biggs


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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Release Date:

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


When the Hunters go to listen to Happy Harry Hardon, the stereo is never turned on; the model shown lights up its tuning window when turned on. See more »


[first lines]
Mark: Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely fucked up?
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Written by Patrick Tilon, Arjen de Vreede, Silvano Matadin, Michel Schoots, Renè van Barneveld
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Published by Pennies from Heaven, B.V. (MMA)
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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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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