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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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Keith Stuart Thayer ...
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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Steal the Air. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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R | See all certifications »

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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

Lala Sloatman (Janie) and Ahmet Zappa (Jamie) are real life cousins, but played girlfriend/boyfriend in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Hunter plays "If It Be Your Will" from Leonard Cohen's "Various Positions" on the Passport record label the night following the suicide of Malcolm, but when interrupting the song, the needle is taken off of an album with a Mowtown label. 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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Connections

Referenced in Veronica Mars: Ahoy Mateys (2005) See more »

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Kick Out The Jams
Written by Rob Tyner, Fred 'Sonic' Smith, Wayne Kramer (as Wayne Kambes), Dennis Thompson (as Dennis Tomich) and Michael Davis
Performed by Bad Brains with Henry Rollins
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Produced by Ron Saint Germain
Bad Brains courtesy of Caroline Records, Inc.
Henry Rollins Courtesy of 2-13-61
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the sixties meets the 90s
21 October 2006 | by (Nelson New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I've seen Pump a few times but recently got the DVD and showed it to an 18 year old last night...the film has great resonances for me of the 60s generation and it still has power for the youth of today...amazingly, since they mainly seem motivated by IT, gadgets and money.

All the performances were first rate and this film also introduces Leonard Cohen to a new generation. I'm sure schools today are worse then Hubert Humphrey high portrayed in the film...this was before Columbine...but you can see the fertile ground for the violence to follow.

This is one of my all time favorite 'teen flicks' and I recommend it to all who want to see social and political relevance in movies.


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