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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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Brian Hunter
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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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During production Christian Slater had his driver's license suspended for the second time in two years over DUIs, and writer-director Allan Moyle had to retool the script accordingly. Lead character Mark Hunter doesn't drive, tells his listeners he has "no car, no license", and goes everywhere on foot. In the climactic scene his girlfriend Nora (Samantha Mathis) drives the Jeep while Mark does his last "Hard Harry" broadcast from the passenger seat. See more »

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When Christian Slater puts on 'If it be your will', he puts the needle somewhere in the middle of the record, although 'If it be your will' is the last track on the album. 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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Tale O' The Twister
Written by L. Nichols, D. Perkins and Steve Taylor (as S. Taylor)
Performed by Chagall Guevara
Published by Sado Shrimp (ASCAP)
Produced by Dennis Herring
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Slaters teen master class . . .
7 May 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I loved this film

When I was 17 I first saw the second half of this movie on TV, the next day I scoured my local video shops to buy the film so that I could watch the first half.

I know that sounds a little sad but I really felt that at the time this film was spot on. Parents do seem to hate you, it is incredibly hard to talk to a girl that you want to ask out and school is the last place you ever want to be. This film had the emotions just about right.

I now see its faults but I still feel that it is an excellent movie to its targeted age group, everyone who ever wanted to "rise up in the cafeteria and stab them (teachers) with your plastic fork".

I could fill this review with quotes, the speech on why teen suicide is a bad idea is up there with the "Am I funny?" scene in goodfella's.

Christian Slater is excellent, apparently it's his favourite movie and you can see that he enjoyed making it. He does dark-teen like no one else, this is Nicholson at 16! In my humble opinion this film is at the top of the teen-flick chart alongside Heathers.

Samantha Mathis makes an intriguing leading lady, she really gets her character spot on. Miss Mathis also provides one of the best sexual tension scenes ever in this genre. (it's all in the music)

A young Seth Green also makes an appearance that I am sure he would rather forget, his acting is fine it's how he looks thats the problem !!

This film is dark, funny and brutaly honest. If you are under 20 and still hate the world this will kill a couple of those boring 'too old to play to young to drink' hours.

Highly recommended.


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